Neon Metropolis: How Las Vegas Shed Its Stigma and Became the First City of the Twenty-First Century / Edition 1

Neon Metropolis: How Las Vegas Shed Its Stigma and Became the First City of the Twenty-First Century / Edition 1

by Hal Rothman
     
 

Neon Metropolis offers a panoramic, entertaining account of contemporary Las Vegas, long America's capital of excess and now its fastest growing city. Combining a history of the city's growth via gambling and crime, with a richly descriptive social portrait of contemporary Las Vegas, author Hal Rothman shows how the city has shed its stigma as "Sin City" and isSee more details below

Overview

Neon Metropolis offers a panoramic, entertaining account of contemporary Las Vegas, long America's capital of excess and now its fastest growing city. Combining a history of the city's growth via gambling and crime, with a richly descriptive social portrait of contemporary Las Vegas, author Hal Rothman shows how the city has shed its stigma as "Sin City" and is now setting the pace for nationwide trends in leisure, work, consumption, immigration, demographics, and city growth. Las Vegas' transition from isolated gambling outpost to its new status as "the first city of the twenty first century" has not been without problems -- rapid growth has been accompanied by sprawl, traffic jams, environmental problems, and an invasion by corporate interests. Ultimately, as Neon Metropolis amply documents, the problems and opportunities facing Las Vegas are ones that, increasingly, confront all of America.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415926126
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
02/28/2002
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

Part I: Making Money
1. Inventing Modern Las Vegas
2. Its Hard to be Elvis in Las Vegas: Entertainment in the Malleable Metropolis
3. The Last Detroit: The New Service Economy
4. Freedom and Limits in a City of Pleasure
Part II: Filling Las Vegas
5. The New Emigrant Trail
6. The Face of the Future
7. Aztlan in Neon: Latinos in the New City

Part III: Building a New City
8. The Tortoise and the Air: Life in a Libertarian Desert
9. Rolling to a Stop: The Weight of Traffic
10. The Instant Metropolis: Building a City Without Basements or Closets
11. Community from Nothingness: Neighborhoods of Affinity

Epilogue

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