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Portland, OR, United States
See how Las Vegas has changed over the years. The north end of the Las Vegas strip used to be full of budget resorts. Then Steve Wynn dared to put up Wynn and Encore across the street from the Frontier. The budget properties Riviera, Frontier, Stardust, Westward Ho and Sahara are long gone. All that remains of the north strip budget resorts are Circus Circus and Stratosphere. (Stratosphere is north of Sahara Ave. and is therefore not even technically on "the strip".) Fontainebleau went up across the street from Circus Circus in 2011 and never opened. In 2010, Cosmopolitan and City Center set the tone for the new upscale center strip with its Aria, Vdara, and Mandarin Oriental resorts, multimillion dollar condominiums, and Crystals Mall; which is so upscale they don't have a Nordstrom or Saks Fifth Avenue. The decline of the north strip and construction of City Center essentially moved the center strip south from Flamingo Rd. to Harmon Ave. This shift will change again as the north strip is revived. SLS has replaced the Sahara, and Resorts World International replaces the Stardust. Perhaps Fontainebleau will open as something else, and new resorts will appear in the big empty lots where Westward Ho and Frontier used to be. The 1990s saw a lot of budget resorts and mid-level properties being constructed, the early 2000s saw mostly upscale luxury resorts being built. Las Vegas constantly changes and should have a new fad going on by 2020.
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