Neon Metropolis: How Las Vegas Started the Twenty-first Century

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Psychology Press, 2003 - Architecture - 340 pages
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Like the Emerald City, Las Vegas glitters brightly in the vast Nevada desert, a haven for refugees from the ordinary America. A hip, iconic playground that exports nothing, it nonetheless earns billions from consumer services alone
  

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An odd book. It's generally a fun read, and there's lots of interesting background on America's most fasinating city. But Rothman has an overeager authorial voice, and the book isn't particularly well ... Read full review

Neon metropolis: how Las Vegas started the twenty-first century

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In this thoughtful study, Rothman (history, Univ. of Nevada, Las Vegas) provides a detailed history of a uniquely American city. The subject of urban planning and design is enriched by Rothman's ... Read full review

Contents

1 Inventing Modern Las Vegas
3
Entertainment in the Malleable Metropolis
33
The New Service Economy
63
4 Freedom and Limits in a City of Pleasure
89
Filling Las Vegas
121
5 The New Emigrant Trail
123
6 The Face of the Future
149
Latinos in the New City
175
Life in a Libertarian Desert
207
The Weight of Traffic
235
Building a City without Basements or Closets
261
Neighborhoods of Affinity
291
Epilogue
317
Selected Bibliography
325
Index
329
Copyright

Building a New City
205

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About the author (2003)

Hal Rothman is a professor of history at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and the editor of the journal Environmental History. The author of Devil's Bargains: Tourism in the Twentieth Century American West, Rothman is a frequent commentator on Las Vegas. He has been featured on National Public Radio, CBS Sunday Morning, and in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and in the four-hour A&E Television Network documentary, Las Vegas.

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