In any country, especially the USA, there are eyesores. It could be a house that is painted a very ugly color and it sticks out of a neighborhood like a sore thumb. It could be that the house is the only one with orange paint. It could be that it is a dark shade of red that just pops out at you. There is also that house whose paint colors don’t match.
Other times, it isn’t as obvious. There is something just slightly off about those places. Maybe the house is slightly tilted, or it just has that eerie feeling when you enter the house.
Whatever might be off about those places, there is no doubt that it is an eyesore to the community or city and the surrounding businesses that are near it. It’s also likely that the surrounding area wants the eyesores gone, but that comes at a cost. It also is worth money, money that most people don’t have. These eyesores are everywhere and can be anywhere, but the ones we’re talking about today are in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The first eyesore in Las Vegas is called SkyVue. This was supposed to one of the first stages of a London themed resort, and all was going well until funding was cult. You can see two towering pillars across from Mandalay Bay. This attraction is for sale for whomever has the money and ability to change part of Las Vegas’s skyline.
The second eyesore is called Slotzilla. It sounds like a casino version of Godzilla, and actually you would be right. Slotzilla is actually a multi-level slot machine and it sounds amazing. The only problem is that it takes up a lot of room and it blocks the view of Fremont Street and the bar on the east of Las Vegas Blvd. It also blocks the circular dining room of Oscar’s Steakhouse at the Plaza. It’s quite a shame it isn’t an attraction anymore, just an expensive slot machine.
The third eyesore is called the Fontainebleau, which is the second tallest building next to the Strastosphere in Las Vegas. It looks magnificent from the outside, but there were problems from the beginning. The first problem is that it never opened nor was it ever finished. This was one of the results from the Great Recession. This was a planned mega resort to attract a lot of people, most likely people that could afford it. Instead of it being a busy attraction it now sits dark, like a shadow cast over a busy city that infamously ‘never sleeps’. It is like visiting a vacated apartment, it does not feel inviting or warm at all.
A fourth eyesore is called the The Harmon tower footprint. It was originally planned to be the now center of the CityCenter Complex where you can find the Shops at Crystals. There were many difficulties with construction. The building ended up having just 28 floors instead of 40, like they had planned originally. This building was finished, but after inspections and such, was declared unsafe. There were concerns about liability and such so the public was never let inside. What would amount to years of litigation Harmon became one of the most expensive bulletin boards in the world since it wrapped around it. Later, when the legal issues were settled, it had a fence built around the demolished building. All you can see now is a hole in the ground. All that is left is a hole surrounded by a fence that you can see today.
The fifth eyesore marks the beginning downtown in Las Vegas. This is Sahara Avenue, which the city just decided to build this metal structure to put a banner up on Las Vegas Blvd. They created a sign that said ‘Let’s keep the party going! as if you could march from the Strip all the way to Fremont street like that. The sign became odd in time, than enticing or exciting, and it was eventually removed. The metal framework to hold the sign still remains. It is uncertain as to why it is still there. Perhaps it has become an iconic symbol and maybe the only way to identify Las Vegas Blvd or Sahara Ave. It’s also possible that Las Vegas simply doesn’t want to pay for or bother with the removal, so it just stays there.
Six sometimes is a good number, but when we’re talking about eyesores, it’s not a good number to have one, let alone six eyesores. Although this one isn’t a complete eyesore, though some say it is. The Strip used to have all kinds of shopping where people could buy expensive things like clothing, makeup and other things like that. Instead, the Strip is devoted to drug stores. These are your Walgreens and CVS stores. These are claiming to take up precious real estate and actually they are right. You don’t go to Las Vegas and just buy whatever you can buy back home. Usually you want to buy souvenirs or clothes for yourself, not a card or a toy from CVS.
Seven is claimed by some to be a perfect number. A triple seven, some say, can indicate perfection since it was so prevalent in medicine and other places. The seventh eyesore is the ICE night club. Yes there really is such a thing. This is on Harmon Avenue, by the way, right in between the Strip and the resort at Hard Rock. When a night club shuts down, it usually is within a casino and there is an adequate substitute for it. This joint sits alone on the corner of a busy intersection. They suspect that the night club may simply have been ‘ahead of the times’ but it still stays empty.
Any big city has eyesores and things that need to be either replaced or torn down. According to these, some of them have been demolished and some have not. It depends on whether or not they want to do anything.