When I first heard the phrase Downtown Summerlin I chuckled pretty hard. If there’s one part of Vegas that’s hard to imagine with a real “downtown” it’s this affluent suburb full of huge homes, manicured golf courses, millionaire casino bosses, and wealthy retirees.
And, after all, Vegas already has a pretty famous downtown area… and it’s about as real as you can get.
But apparently the people in charge of this giant master-planned community (the Howard Hughes Corporation) decided to create a 400+ acre “urban core” full of high-end stores, restaurants, office space, and condos. According to the main website, everything will be connected via “centrally located neighborhood parks, lush streetscapes and enhanced pedestrian corridors.”
Sounds kinda cool to me.
But here’s what’s really cool: the Downtown Summerlin developers have been releasing aerial drone videos showing the progress of the site’s construction for the past few months. They’re very high quality and surprisingly fun to watch.
Here’s the earliest “fly thru” vid I could find, from May:
Here’s the most recent:
What a difference 4 months make! All these videos are missing is a good Frank Sinatra soundtrack.
We’ll be following the progress of Downtown Summerlin so check back soon!
OK we’re back… and we’re officially re-launching this little blog today.
Other projects got in the way the past few months but now we’re focused on growing Demo Vegas into something cool and interesting.
Please wish us luck… send in your ideas, questions, comments, etc… and then enjoy this classic 2004 Mase video:
There are some exciting things happening in Las Vegas these days.
In fact, after several years of suffering though Great Recession misery, the entire valley seems to finally be getting back on track, economically speaking.
Casino revenue is up (thanks baccarat!). New businesses are popping up everywhere. The Vegas Tech scene is exploding. Zappos boss Tony Hsieh is slowly turning the town into a startup Mecca. And the nightclub industry is hotter than ever.
Hell, even the Vegas real estate market is zooming back up into the stratosphere… something many “experts” didn’t expect to happen until around 2020-ish!
And here’s some fantastic news from UNLV’s Center for Business and Economic Research: Southern Nevada’s economy is expected to rebound to pre-recession levels by 2016!
good great news for us long-time locals.
No one knows for sure what the future holds for Vegas. But, one way or another, we’re betting the next couple of years are going to be pretty exciting.
That’s exactly why we’re launching this little website/blog!
We invite you to tag along as we highlight some of the coolest and most interesting new stuff in the Vegas valley.
Enjoy the ride…
Cool photo of the High Roller by Earth Hour Global
Hi and welcome to the new blog!
Our goal is to show off some of the coolest, most interesting, and most innovative stuff in Las Vegas, NV. This unique city in the middle of the Mojave is quickly becoming known for much more than just casinos, giant hotels, and pool parties.
We plan to showcase everything from hot technology startups to the best new “mom and pop” businesses from all around the valley. The focus will be on local Vegas people, places, products, and events. We hope to create something fresh, exciting, and special.
Please stay tuned… and enjoy the show…
– The Vegas Demo Team
Mojave desert flower photo by purpletwinkie