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October 22, 2014

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Downtown has more misses than hits so far

There are no certainties in the ongoing revitalization of downtown Las Vegas. Just look at Neonopolis — or maybe don’t. It’s painful. Instead, why not check in on some other schemes and dreams?

In January 2007 city officials projected the completion date of the Fremont East district as late summer of that year.

Analysis: The district, complete with a giant illuminated cocktail glass and semiaccurate historical medallions, opened in the second to last week of August.

Three sevens

“This is one of the biggest steps I’ve been involved in since I came to City Hall.” — Las Vegas Councilman Gary Reese, July 2007,speaking of the proposed REI arena-casino-condo project.

Analysis: The $9.5 billion project has apparently fallen apart. The land it was to be built on is up for sale.

No sevens

“Folks will be driving through our urban core and seeing these iconic signs out there. It’s just going to be fun.” — Mayor Oscar Goodman, September 2007

Analysis:Maybe someday, but not today. The first two classic neon signs, the Binion’s H and horseshoe and the Silver Slipper’s silver slipper, were supposed to be installed on Las Vegas Boulevard by April. The project continues.

One seven

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