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Las Vegas: la nuova frontiera americana tra fiction e realtà
Journal Title: STORIA URBANA  
Author/s: Ingrid Eumann 
Year:  2003 Issue: 102 Language: Italian 
Pages:  12 FullText PDF:  60 KB

There are essential features in modern Las Vegas that call for an analysis of frontier impulses in the city. Going through the elements of the historical and imaginary Old West in real and fictional Las Vegas, the intention of the essay is to show that facts and underlying psychology of residents and visitors on the one hand, and fictional characters on the other, make Las Vegas a successor of the old frontier. After having traced the history of Las Vegas, the essay analyses the increase in casino construction and the growth of the population residents and visitors that doubled in the past 14 years. From 1989 on, modern Las Vegas has really turned into a city of show business and has explored new frontiers in architecture, service industry, experience culture, and tourist infrastructure. This caused the city to deny its natural setting, avoiding the outdoor experience and concentrating entirely on the desires and dreams of the visitors that lie in the main tourist area the Strip one of the urban spaces best protected by police world wide.

Ingrid Eumann, in "STORIA URBANA " 102/2003, pp. , DOI:

   

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