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By Trent Ogle
Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009 | 2 a.m.
Jim Murren, CEO of MGM Mirage, reflects on the beginning of CityCenter and what it will bring to Las Vegas.
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With all due respect, the people of Las Vegas never asked for, nor needed this town to become New York City. We had our own unique style and southwest resort relaxed environment here. I submit to you sir, that if you missed New York City so much, that you should have entertained the notion of expanding your career there, instead of robbing Las Vegas of it's own identity, and turning the strip into a concrete blue glass building coop city.
Why isn't this man smiling ?
I have to carve out some time to see the rest of this piece, but after the first 13 minutes I concur with what environprotector said - if you want the world and NY go to the rest of the world and NY. In fact, you can take a shortcut and stay in Vegas with all its themed hotels emulating the rest of the world cosmetically - but culture is not what Vegas was invented for. That's why it is what it is. And let's not forget, City Center is about making money. And their approach is to reach the wealthy world traveler. As an example, have you seen the job requirements at the Mandarian? No facial hair allowed. No clean beard or moustache. In other words, Jesus Christ could not apply. And it's the wealthy Asian community that don't have a lot of their population running around with facial hair. The policy is to make them comfortable. Trying to turn Vegas into something different is just a stange thought. Let's turn New York into Amish country while we're at it based on a developer/CEO whose personal tastes about what a place should be like dictates a project contrary to the environment in which they were raised.
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