Are you surprise to know that Las Vegas came out top as the saddest city in US?
According to Men's Health magazine, there are more sad people than happy folks in Vegas. Could this be because there are more losers than winners?
Sadly (and I mean that) no, I am not surprised that Las Vegas is said to be the saddest city. As a native I have watched this city change from a small growing town to a booming mecca for tourism and then, with the downturn in the economy, the city with one of the highest rates of unemployment and foreclosures in the country. I have watched many of my talented and hardworking friends lose their jobs, and many of my good friends have moved away as a result. I think the sadness is more a result of a decline in our tourism driven economy, than a result of people winning or losing in the casinos. In fact, I hate to say it, but when people do lose in the casinos, the city sort of wins.
I stayed in Las Vegas for a solid month to do a film series of the Chemtrails that were being sprayed near McCarran Airport. I really enjoyed myself the first 3 weeks and almost felt like I could possibly move there. The 4th week there, I forced myself to do things in the city that I would do if I moved somewhere. Their culture and architecture is completely wrapped up in the gambling industry and casino industry. It made me kind of "home sick"- when I realized that even their movie theaters were staged inside of huge casinos.
The city feels a bit "ungrounded". The Las Vegas Strip is very exciting full of neon lights and a lot of "flash"... but somehow feels very empty.
The fact that the real estate is so easily changed by constant controlled demolitions- blowing up older hotels to be replaced by newer and bigger casino/hotels is very unsettling. This created a unique Feng Shui to Las Vegas as a city. There is an emptiness here with this-- almost as if the city is built on a huge facade and something fake, without substance.
Also, the fact that a number of the tourist-y type casinos (which mimic other world landmarks) turns this city into something that looks more like a Disney-land staged set design, than a city with major substance.
One of the best things that I did while visiting Vegas that month- was to go to "Vegas, the Show". It basically tells the history of the Las Vegas strip-- and featured costuming, dancing, and music from every era since the beginning of this famous gambling city. It starts with an actor who gives a monologue surrounded by all of the old famous signs of casinos and businesses which are now in the "sign dump yard"... tossed to the side, where something newer and shinier has replaced it.
The show ends by showing a very emotional video which shows a number of controlled demolitions which was narrated in a way that brought tears to my eyes. It ends with the fact that we, as humans, are all just passing through time and history - just like these signs that are sitting in the "sign dump yard". It had a very profound message... leaving the audience with a very profound realization.
If you get a chance to see this show--
Go and see it!
I've seen a number of performances on Broadway and local theater performances in a number of cities. This was one of my ALL TIME FAVORITES, because of its attempt to create awareness and to leave a very powerful message which touches the hearts of each audience member.
The fall of Las Vegas seems to mirror the changes in attitude for the entire United States. Everything is becoming so temporal. Changes are being made that just seem to make the situation worse. Stimulus packages that do not work and the troubles of the financial markets just add to the general sadness of being stuck living here.
@ArtzGirl: I see that you write a lot on Vegas. Not sure if you had written anything on "Vegas-the Show"..maybe you should, if haven't. I also agree that Vegas exist sorely for the tourist industry and may not be the 'right place' to settle down.
@alezafree: The report also cited Vegas as having the highest rates of unemployment..this is sad as it is very dependent on one major industry..tourism..and when this suffers, all will be affected
@Hound Cat: I remember years ago, Time (or was it Newsweek) quoted America as a Cry Baby country..that it refuses to change and adapt, and when others progresses (at that time, the article was referring to Japan), they will cry foul. I guess this could be one of the many factors affecting the current state of the economy
I read that article in Men's Health and I thought it was St Petersburg, Florida that was the saddest?
Well thge USA has lots of places to choose from, it may just as well be Lass Vegas as well as anywhere else.
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