Suburban Xanadu / Edition 1

Suburban Xanadu / Edition 1

by David G. Schwartz
     
 

Urban gambling, linked to poverty, crime and corruption, was once considered a blight on US cities. Gambling then followed the exodus of Americans into the suburbs after World War II and now, at the beginning of the 21st century, most Americans live within a four-hour drive of a casino. What explains the success of places like Las Vegas? The self-contained casino

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Urban gambling, linked to poverty, crime and corruption, was once considered a blight on US cities. Gambling then followed the exodus of Americans into the suburbs after World War II and now, at the beginning of the 21st century, most Americans live within a four-hour drive of a casino. What explains the success of places like Las Vegas? The self-contained casino resort removes gambling and its social problems from cities and provides Americans with the comfort of gambling in a setting matched to their suburban lifestyle. In a detailed look at the growth of the earliest casino resorts to the "pleasure palaces" and riverboat casinos of today, "Suburban Xanadu" locates the rise of the casino resort in suburbanization and the significance of this development for today.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415935579
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/26/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.54(d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction1
Ch. 1The Righteous and the Wicked15
Ch. 2The Unwholesome Allure33
Ch. 3A Fruitful Containment63
Ch. 4Organizing Luck91
Ch. 5Wiseguy Empire123
Ch. 6When the Suits Come Marching In147
Ch. 7The Casino Archipelago175
Epilogue: Odds against Tomorrow209
Notes219
Selected Bibliography233
Index239

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