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The population of this one-time Paiute oasis has exploded from 460,000 in 1970 to an astounding 1.2 million in 1999. This growth has fueled a construction boom that has yet to show signs of slowing down. Large new residential centers have been created in surrounding valleys. All of these events have strained the public sector, forcing the construction of more schools, parks, freeways, and libraries, as well as the enlargement of hospitals and the airport, through which pass 30 million passengers a year.
In this new edition of Resort City in the Sunbelt, Moehring discusses how tourism and the spectacular expansion of the Strip continue to spur growth and dominate the casino market. He also addresses the downside of that growth: increased crime, traffic headaches, overcrowded schools, and underfunded social services. In addition, Moehring assesses the storms that may be looming on Las Vegas's horizon the popularity of online gambling, the continued threat of increased federal regulation, the proliferation of Indian casinos, and the nationalization of casino gambling.
In 2005, Las Vegas will celebrate it's centennial. Moehring's lively account, brilliantly updated in this new edition sheds light not only on the history of the city but also provides insight to its future.
|Prologue: Before the Dam||1|
|Chapter 1.||The Federal Trigger||13|
|Chapter 2.||A City Takes Shape||41|
|Chapter 3.||"Boomtown in the Desert"||73|
|Chapter 4.||Achieving Metropolitan Status||107|
|Chapter 5.||Fragmented Government||140|
|Chapter 6.||Civil Rights in a Resort City||173|
|Chapter 7.||The Struggle for Industry||203|
|Chapter 8.||The City-Building Process||233|
|Epilogue: Las Vegas, 1970-2000||261|