Why I Hate Las Vegas
For years everyone told me I should go to Las Vegas, even my mother (she thought I'd like the neon signs). Two years ago I went, and I don't intend to return. The Strip is like a four-mile-long bar full of smoking, drunk, obnoxious idiots. Among the most irritating people are the guys passing out cards for escort services. They get in your face constantly, especially if you're a man walking alone. Every ten feet there was another guy snapping a card at me, his arm reaching across my path. I am a purposeful walker, and at first I enjoyed simply bulldozing their arms out of my way. But after an hour of that, it was all I could do to restrain myself from punching them. Repeatedly. Until the Strip ran red with the bl... Oh, never mind.
The Chicago Tribune has a story online that portrays their tale as the struggle of immigrants. While I am sympathetic to those who come here to do the dirty or back-breaking jobs we don't want to do ourselves for lousy pay, I can't muster any support for the card snappers. Fruit pickers and Wal-Mart janitors serve an important role in maintaining our spoiled American lifestyle, but I can't say the same for these guys.
The article says the ACLU has defended them in the name of free speech. That's fine, but there should be stricter laws governing their behavior. I don't deny escort services the right to advertise, but the card flickers are just annoying. What amazes me is that they actually attract enough clients to earn their admittedly meager pay. I mean, I know why the business attracts customers, but I don't see why anyone would hire the escorts advertised in this intrusive way when there are many more to choose from in the free ad papers (Vegas has hundreds of newspaper boxes full of them) or even the phonebook. Is hiring an escort really such an impulse purchase that people don't think of it unless it is literally shoved in their faces?
I was on my way to see Celine Dion at Caesar's Palace or maybe the water show at the Bellagio, but then this kid jumped in my face and snapped a card at me. I thought, heck, I'd just blow this wad of dough in the casino anyway, so why not get an escort instead? Thanks, kid. I never would have considered this entertainment option without your helpful input. You just made my night!
I wouldn't open a checking account at a bank where someone stood outside and snapped business cards in my face. I also wouldn't support a business responsible for so much litter in the street. But then again, somebody is making it worthwhile for e-mail spammers to continue filling my inbox with offers for mortgages, pharmaceuticals, wild teens, and body part enhancement products. Maybe the problem isn't the card flickers. It's the idiot consumers who answer their call.
We thought intially it would great. A young couple, no kids, in the town that never stops. Awesome,
After two years here I'm done. Communities are anchored by casino's and nothing else. Hospitals and the education systems are leagues behind the population growth, which increases something like 5000 people every month.
I find myself traveling at every opportunity and begging my friends to let me visit, just to get a break from this hell hole.
Everything is transiante, nobody stays in Vegas, so it feels like the nations dumping ground for broken dreams and shattered intentions. Investers from California come in buses and snatch up new homes, even offering to buy complete subdivisions. Making a 1400sq ft home sell for 250K which is absurd.
And did I mention there is no real entertainment. There is a one a month art tour called First Friday's and NO community theatre. Everything is dumbed down strip shows, I mean shows on "the strip".
*Sigh* We have another two years here. Wish me luck.
Man, do I feel 10 times better after reading you'alls posts.
My annoyance with Las Vegas is in Full Hatred mode. I'm with you all. It takes hours to get anywhere in this town--the traffic is insane and this place isn't even that big!! I have to pack a lunch if I'm going across town.
Nothing works right in this town. Try calling to schedule a simple doctors appt. Insanity! They put you on hold the minute you call, then they get back ask you what you need, then put you on hold again, then they return and answer the phone, "Blah...Blah...office, how can I help you?" #*&#&$ You were just helping me!! "Oh, oops, what did you need again."
At this point, the seas are parting and the sky is raining frogs, cause you've just witnesses the fall of mankind.
I'm doing whatever is neccessary to get the hell out of hell. Some friend of mine live in Chi-town and have plenty of space, so for a low rent they offered to have me live with them. Especially while my hubby is in Iraq.
Take care everyone. And thats to the host for giving us a small place to vent!! Your the best.
I think you'll like it here in Chicago. We have the culture and community that Vegas lacks. Come soon because summer here is the best.
Good luck, and best wishes for a safe return for your husband.
But that is where the perks end. If I want to go to the movies, the three nearest movie theaters are located in Casinos. I smoke, but recently I had to excuse myself from a poker tournament because the smoke was overwhelming. This, despite the fact that we were supposedly playing in a non-smoking area. I went to the strip once, and I too wanted to break the limbs of those sex ad pushers, and got tired of being propositioned by she-males and hookers alike. I like organic foods, and hate that there are only two such places I can go to, both requiring a planned field trip because it takes nearly an hour to get to the other side of town. I tried going to the casinos late in the evening and met up with locals who all told me their broken dreams stories while feeding the BJ or Pai Gow table more of their rent money. I looked at AOL City Search to find a decent Pizza and Hamburger and the City voted Pizza Hut and In N Out as their favs...wow. Culture? This place is the anti-culture, substituting the iridescent glow of neon for the color and couture that culture could bring.
Luckily I have a back up plan in place. Living on a golf course, I can reasonably expect to turn a profit in a couple of years in a market that really is dealing more with surplus at this point. As Nevada ranks dead last in Education (HS Grads going on to earn College Degrees), I do not want my future children to be here. This is definitely a transitional center for single people. Get in, get your jollies, and leave it behind you. It seems like everyone who is a permanent resident here has a dream about leaving this place, so why I should I be different.
Funny that Chi-Town was mentioned, because that is my contingency plan. Once I build enough equity to qualify for a "nice" home in Chi-Town, I am there....cool jazz, great hot dogs, stuffed pizzas, smokin ribs, professional sports teams, and actual seasons during the year....yeah, that sounds really good right now.
I was the consummate soft Easter Bunny type and got a protracted and hellish indoctrination to casino work and ethics. But I was also persistent enough to get a workable degree from UNLV. It took awhile. We were poor. And everything seemed to be hard there. From the water, on down to the people. Dreams were shattered, but one still lived. I would go back home one day.
With my Mom having passed away years back, and myself never having found a mate among the crap dealers, when I inherited part of my uncle's Long Island home ,I lingered a bit, then returned. I cried for happiness at the sights, the smells and the friendly people. All evoked warm childhood memories. But my cousin, with whom I'd have to share the home, disliked me, and still does. Just for having lived in Vegas, or for getting half the house. Not sure.
This month, 3 years into being on Long Island, 'it's not Vegas'. There's soot, spiders,leaves, weeds,ice crusted windshields, snowbanks, no mechanics that really know how to fix a transmission and garbagemen who don't pick up grass clippings. And my cousin gets territorial and grumpy. But there are also Christmas trees, Sunday church an dinners, Halloween kids and picking peaches and the beautiful seasons! And rain. And more friends than I made in all my years in Vegas. And I tend to laugh at the same things they do.
I'm slowly become a human being again. I don't know how to explain it.
This week I'm getting ownership in a Vegas house that a realtor friend of mine was selling at an excellent price. It was only supposed to be for a rental. An investment. But My cousin was Mr. Grump with me today, so I toyed with the idea of actually moving back to Vegas. I even called one of my old workplaces there. They'd hire me in a minute. But something kept gnawing at me.
I typed in 'I hate Las Vegas' to search the web to see if anyone else might have had the same thoughts and feelings I had had and still have about the city, and your site came up. Everything I've read here seems like it came from my lips hundreds, perhaps thousands of times when I was in Vegas. Like a bad mantra. Thankyou for making me remember. I'll stick with Long Island and my doynker cousin.
I was raised in Las Vegas, and it was a Conservative, sleepy desert town. But now . . .
Firstly, the damn Mexicans come in with the damn Californians and turned our wonderfully low tax haven into one of the highest taxed regions in the US! Why? Because they're Marxists who think they can spend, spend, spend without a consequence in the world. Hey, that money's gotta come from somewhere. Do they tax the casinos? Nope, they tax the people.
Secondly, the desert. As a child, I played in the desert with all of the other neighborhood children. You could get anywhere between Sunset Road and Cheyenne Avenue within ten minute drive. A mountain bike was a must, as you could ride it over anywhere. And this also leads into it being a small, midwest town. We all went to same malls, same churches, same movie theaters. We all knew each other. Also, our TV stations were heavily pro-Las Vegas. Today, it's all the same on TV. The desert is gone, too. Turned into this suburb of Los Angeles.
Thirdly, I'll just rant from here.
How could a sleepy desert town that the casinos took care of become so terrible? In a recent episode of CSI, the CSIs bashed how Las Vegas has become. So do I. I love Las Vegas, like the way a person loves his siblings or a wife, or a pet, whatever. I need Las Vegas to survice. Until one day, I woke up, and it wasn't the town I grew up in. Since I speak English, I'm not "allowed" to go to the Boulevard Mall, since it's a Mexican-dominated neighborhood. Then Cafe Copioh was firebombed by the CCFD for "reasons uknown", and then Cafe Roma closed, too. The Red Rock Theater was torn down, Torrey Pines Cinema was converted to a Goodwill store (not a bad thing, but I miss the theater), the WOW! store closed recently, people in Summerlin drive to work in Henderson while the Marxist scum that are Henderson drives to Summerlin. The parks are now home to the "homeless", crime is out of control, the Mafia left (I wish they'd come back), the hookers all have AIDS, my school's be remodeled, and the trails inside of Red Rock Canyon are ruined, unable to be used because of wear and tear. This isn't the town I grew up in. Tower Records on Maryland and Flamingo is gone. The river that flows underneath Maryland Parkway near Flamingo is concreted up, preventing the wildlife to live, and preventing people like my buddy who got pushed into that river, with a city-famous quote among the locals, "For a second, I thought I was going to make it!" Scandia recently closed, too, as did Wet 'n' Wild . . . and Mary K's Arcade is also gone.
So, where do I hang out with people when I want to show 'em something? My step-dad and uncles show me everything they had growing up. It's all there in LA and San Francisco. In Las Vegas, there ain't jack!
I hate "Vegas, Baby", NV. I like Las Vegas, NV. My dusty, sleepy, Mafia town.
BTW: Now I live in Pahrump, NV. Loving it. It's sleepy, dusty, and the Herbst and Hafen families control everything. Also, we're the town that made English the only language in our township. We hate the Mexicans, and we really give hell to Californians. It doesn't matter if you disagree with me or not, I grew up in Las Vegas, and I need Las Vegas. I know what I'm talking about. Las Vegas is my life.
But Vegas is gone.
I moved here two years ago from tahoe because I work in the casino biz and wanted to advance my career. What better place than vegas? I also couldn't afford a house there and could here. Plus year round sunshine, sounded great!
Well, the career advancement has certainly happened. So has the house. So has the sunshine. So why am I not happy?
The environment here is horrible. Soul sucking. One big strip mall. I see shows about vegas on TV and you could never tell what part of the city they're in because it is all the same.
No one walks here. How can you? The sprawling strip malls run for miles and there is no place nice to walk to anyway. Public transportation is horrible. The only exception is the strip, there you dodge tourists, bums and 'porn hander outers' snapping their smut and shoving it under your nose.I also am from portland OR like a previous poster. That town is the polar opposite. Friendly, cultured, oozes character, tons of things to do that don't involve a casino. Rains too much though.
I was pretty social in my old town. Now I don't want to leave the house. Why bother? Every local bar is the same, video poker, TV and pool tables. Old barflys that gamble and drink to kill whatever pain they're killing. You're considered into outdoor activities if you golf. Or you could go to the casino clubs and enjoy waiting in line for half an hour for the priveledge or sucking down a few $12 cocktails and being bumped into by assholes and people so drunk they can hardly stand.
Everyone's biggest interest seems to be money. Everyone has some kind of scheme or scam or small minded plan. I've made next to no friends here. Why? Because what would we talk about? Gambling? How much money their new car cost them? How much money they're gonna make when so and so happens? Whether they'll lose their job because whatever just got bought or sold? I don't care.
How about the new local band that is playing at the neighborhood pub? How about the new exhibit at the art museum? How about floating down a slow river on rafts? Or camping in a spot away from crowds, or mountain biking in the woods, or going to the beach? Wait, you can't do any of that stuff in vegas, can you??!
It sounds just like bitching from people that are bitter. I'm not a bitter person at all, or at least I wasn't much of one till I moved here. On paper there are lots of cool things about vegas. Jobs, sun, partying, attractions. In reality the town and its utter lack of compassion, culture or real entertainment grinds away at your nerves and your soul.
I am about halfway towards my career goals. Just need a year or two to build more experience and resume power. Then I am getting the hell out of dodge and renting my house to some poor soul who made the same mistake as me in moving here.
The healthcare system out here sucks. It takes months to get an appointment, and no one has evening or Saturday hours. After having diagnostic tests, I had to wait 3 weeks for an appointment to speak with the doctor about the results.
Your food choices are high end at the casinos, buffet at the casinos, or low end chain restaurants. It's almost impossible to find good pizza, Italian beef, or ribs.
For the same price as our house in the Midwest, we got 1/3 less square feet, no front yard, and a lot that is smaller than our old driveway. I can hear people in their back yards 2 blocks over. Our house value has decreased $40,000 in one year. From what I've read, it will decrease another 7-10% next year.
People brag about no state income tax. However, car registration is 5 times more expensive and insurance is 3 times more expensive than my previous residence. The unemployment rate is lower than the national average, but the majority of the jobs are minimum wage positions related to gaming, hotel, or food & beverage.
When I ask how people tolerate the heat, they say they stay inside where it's air conditioned. So how does that translate to better weather than staying inside when it's snowing? At least you can bundle up in a comfy sweater in the cold weather. The dry air is miserable for your skin and hair.
As others have mentioned, there is no sense of community. Littering is rampant, whether it is the Strip or outskirts. What do people think happens to gum they drop on the parking lot pavement when it's 110 degrees out? There is a low volunteer rate. These are the worst drivers I have ever seen. I am frankly scared to drive for the first time in my life.
My husband said there would be so much to do. Well, we'd done it all on vacations here. You either go out in the heat to Red Rock or Valley of Fire or you go to a casino.
We have a beautiful country. Why anyone would pick this desolate desert as a permanent residence eludes me. My husband seems to like it, and I still don't know why. I have hated every day here and will continue to hate Las Vegas until the day I die or move. No, I don't bring it up to my husband and "nag" him about it. He made it clear this was where he wanted to live, so that's where we are. At least I can post my comments and read yours, knowing that just because we live here doesn't mean we love this city of doom.
I've had about a dozen friends come to Vegas in the almost 4 months that I've lived here....they almost always show up during the middle of the work week and they ALWAYS stay on the goddamned strip. I HATE GOING TO THE STRIP, and only do so when I'm dragged there to meet an out-of-town friend. The Strip is chock full of stupid gawking tourists who are taking pictures of blinking lights and water fountains....ugh! Get a life! Want to REALLY see the Eiffel Tower? GO TO THE "REAL" PARIS!
My Oregon license plate registration tags expired yesterday, and I'm actually driving back to Portland tomorrow to go through DEQ and to pick up a new set of stickers for my plates. People think I'm doing that to save money on registration: trust me, I'm not. It's basically a wash when you consider the fuel prices for my SUV and the time it takes to actually drive the 2,000+ mile round trip to Portland and back. My reasoning for doing this is twofold: First, I want to get as many personal effects out of my sublet condo here in Vegas and back into my dusty, cool basement in Portland as I possibly can. Second (and most importantly), there is NO WAY I want to have Nevada license plates on my car! My life here is just temporary, and I'll be damned if I do anything to contradict that constant reminder that I give to myself.
Having said all this, I did find a few bright spots that I should share with you other Vegas-haters. If you hate going to the bars here (ALL bars in Vegas seem to AT LEAST have video poker at the bar with a bunch of zombies staring down at the screen punching buttons), then I've got a hot tip for you. I actually found 3 bars downtown that offer a casual atmosphere, all with either a great juke box or bartender-played CDs, with NO GAMING AT ALL, and zero tourists frothing for sex or slot machines: the Griffen on Fremont, just a few feet south of LV Blvd., the Beauty Bar, just a few feet further south of the Griffen, and the Downtown Bar, around the corner on LV Blvd. I've actually talked to the cool, tatooed owner at the Downtown Bar and said, "you know, your place is refreshing and reminds me of home". He said (swear to God) "where are you from, Portland Oregon? Because that's the city that inspired me for this bar". I cried tears of joy. OK, so you ain't gonna get any free drinks because you're playing video poker, and you might not be able to enjoy a riveting conversation with a drunk asshole tourist who wants to know where the "best titty bars are". Sure you're gonna pay a little more for your drink (like 7 or 8 bucks, ok?), but it's well worth it to be away from the riff raff and white trash. Plus the bartenders are all friendly and take a moment to chat, a lot of the people inside have piercings and tatoos (I have neither, but I like being around that type of crowd -- it oozes "anti-establishment"), and your fellow patrons are better educated and can offer up interesting chatter and discussion.
I remember when this was a small town - I remember when people were nice. When I was in high school, a busboy was able to get their childs prom dinner comped. Health care was great, schools were good and we honestly often forgot to lock the door (in the 70's). It all changed when the casinos went corporate. Most have them have made deals with deals devil on health insurance. They all use Fremont and Sierra who have destroyed health care in Nevada. Dr.Corey Brown and Dr.Tony Marlin will rot in hell for what they have done. FYI..most of the higher casino execs have " the exec plan that is not given to the workers" Their plans are great ... since they works so much harder, then lets say a cocktail server who is on her feet all day.
And look at Harrah's - the CEO lives in Boston. This is one of largest employers in the state, and his kids don't go to school here... so he is concerned about boston not vegas. He never goes to community events...much less a childs soccer game. Why should he care about the crime rate or the lack of culture, let them eat cake.
Once again... if the CEO's would get involved Las Vegas could get better
Until the CEO's care, Vegas will continue to go down the tubes. I do think they will care when the crime rate is so high that it hurts the bottom line. (The Murrens of the MGM do get involved, but one family is not enough, although they have made a big difference - but wouldn't it be great if the others would take note)
Sadly..Las Vegas will continue to be a place not unlike hell. And yes I am bitter.. I would like a nice place to raise my family and will continue to be bitter until it changes.
There is, plain and simple, nothing to do other than drink or gamble. There is not a single coffee house not emblazened with a Starbucks logo, not a single art-house theater.
But more than anything, the people here are dastardly... I have never in my life encountered so many people so often who entirely lack courtesy or integrity. They will look you straight in the face as they walk in a building and slam the door on you. The drivers here are worse than any I've ever seen. (On my frequent trips to LA and San Diego, driving down the I-15, if anyone pulls a seriously unsafe driving maneuver, 95 percent of the time the car has Nevada plates.
Not only is greed paramount to just about everything, the fact that everyone goes broke here for one reason or another means that everyone is mad all the time. They become so self-absorbed and consumed with how they will come up with the money they owe for whatever it is that there is no space left in their minds to be occupied by thoughts of others. It's very apparent and it's appalling. What I don't understand is that everyone here agrees, but they still try to convince me to give it a chance, I'll "grow to love it." Why on earth would I want to grow to love this? I have a soul.
After only 6 months, I put in my notice at my apartment. I'll be out of here in 1 month and now that I know it's almost over, the utter misery of never leaving the house and not knowing a single soul (and not a single soul knowing me), the weight has been lifted. I'm even moving to a city in which I don't even have a job. That's how bad it is.
Thanks for letting me vent.
i'm so sorry to hear about your wife (see above).
There are millions of people who hate Las Vegas. All of these comments hold true.
It is a sick, pathetic place designed to rob you of all your hard earned cash. It is pumped up in media, and pumped up all over America to drive people here. It is supposed to be the destination of all for sex, gambling, and booze.
The sex is simply prostitutes with AIDS who want to milk you of your money to serve their crack/cocaine addictions while demanding hundreds of dollars.
The gambling is designed to rob you so badly of your money that you think that you are getting a good deal by waiting around for a beer or two every 15 minutes while you slop down your hundreds of dollars on slot machines.
The booze is self explanatory. Numb your pain. Culture? Forget it. Spend hundreds of dollars on shows that are supposed to 'entertain' and keep you wanting more - It's all a huge gimmick.
I will NEVER go to Las Vegas again and I'm only 23. Cab drivers? Everyone? Greedy as hell. People go out of their way to DEMAND money and tips from you from the moment you leave the airport. It's all about cold hard cash.
It's making me sick to my stomach.
I used to work in Tahoe in casinos, and learned to hate myself for working there. Las Vegas is the worst of the worst though. The energy wasted for lighting is despicable - naturally we all referred to it as Lost Wages. And the water usage! All the hotels - think about all those rooms and bathrooms! Too much waste.
Dreading going...you bet. Luckily my sister has some "other events" planned, like Lake Mead, but I'm so dreading this trip - I don't even really like this part of the family. It's a sacrifice.
I think I'll bring my knitting. Thank you for this site!
OK, I have to admit I'm one of the fortunate ones who had enough opportunities to sample that vile sewage system disguised as a city before moving there.
Because I work for an Airline that flies out of Las Vegas, and countless layovers there, I had enough experience with the propositioning sex workers, the look desperation of drunken drones who've lost every cent they had, to the fat overindulged greedy tourist who are coming to hopefully make up for their lack of preplanning in life, in hopes of making up for it in one pull of a lever.
I was offered an opportunity to further my career, but it would have to be in Las Vegas. After much soul searching (and I'd like to keep my soul) and reading many of the heartfelt post here, my decision is now made.
Thanks, but no thanks...I'll stay right here in New Jersey.
Believe it or not, there is life in Las Vegas off the Strip. You dont like it, stay away from it! You know what to expect going there. I've lived here for 18 years, and go to the strip maybe ONCE A YEAR. It is called Sin City for a reason. Its not just a clever little nickname.
Yet, somehow... The city grows. Some people it seems like this city and what it offers them. If it was as bad as you people think, do you honestly think it would be growing as fast as it is?
Yes, there are problems. Growth causes a large portion of it. Do you honestly think that growing so fast can be easy on a city's infrastructure? How long do you think it takes to build roads, schools, hospitals, etc? The city is only 100 years old. And its only been since the 60's since its population began to explode. Do you really think Chicago, LA, or NY didnt have issues when they were growing? Or that they don't have any problems now? Some things just cant be accomplished as fast as others. Were the subways of NY built in a week? Were the freeways of LA done in a month? Were the elevated trains of Chicago built in a year? NO. And the majority of those were built before the days of the Sierra Club and other groups that think we shouldn't build freeways anymore, so they tie up any new construction of them in the courts for year after year. Usually, this will cause traffic, which ironically will cause more pollution (which is their main reason for the lawsuits) because far more cars are in a smaller area for a longer period of time.
You don't like it here, fine. Its a city like none other, and takes some getting used to. I don't think its fair to blame the whole city on one bad experience on the Strip or that you were too isolated to take it upon yourself to go out, meet some new people and see what the city has to offer.
The day I moved away was the happiest day of my life. Stay Away From That City.
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Four people are dead after another violent weekend in Las Vegas; all were found dead in separate crimes and there are still no suspects. Since early Saturday morning, there have been two shootings, a stabbing and one woman found dead how she died is still a mystery.
It all started here in a northwest Las Vegas neighborhood early Saturday morning. Police say a man was sleeping when someone came in and shot him twice in the head.
The second shooting happened early Sunday morning inside a 7-11 store near Maryland Parkway and Desert Inn.
Metro says the victim, a man in his mid-twenties, was playing slots. That's when the shooter walked right up to the door, leaned in and began shooting, hitting the victim at least eight times.
Just a few streets east, and less than 24 hours before that, homicide detectives arrived at Arizona Charlie's on Boulder Highway. That's where they found a woman dead inside a hotel room, face down, naked and few clues left behind.
"The perpetrator seemed like they went through some measures to conceal whatever evidence that was there,".
Earlier that morning, more crime tape surrounded a home in North Las Vegas where officers found a man in his 30's stabbed to death.
The string of violent crimes has become routine in Las Vegas, and detectives working around the clock, but all of these crimes remain unsolved.
And besides all this, WHO do I have to 'relate' to here these days anymore? There's the wealthy/upper middle class/Summerlin types in their little community.. who are more about (frankly pathetic) 'appearances' really.. in their hummers and big flimsy domino-houses than any real culture or class. You'd be lucky to even get a smile out of many of them to be frank.. let alone a 'hello'. For people whom you'd expect to be 'living ok' they sure look sour all the time. ( can't blame them really!). Then there's the much ballyhooed 'Club Scene'.. whose more than content to give away tons of money in tips to ridiculous door-guys every night so that they can just drink themselves silly and stare at other morons like themselves night after night (Britney or Paris anyone? Funny.. they just love coming here too.. This IS 'B or C-level actor/singer Heaven after all! - Just watch 'EXTRA'!).. What a life, More 'useless appearances'.. Sorry, not my thing either.
Then on the flip-side of the coin from all this.. there are now HORDES of these other types that look like they just stepped out of the WORST Trailor-Park you can imagine. (I hate to 'pull a Simon' - But my gawd.. It's not just the city itself that's gone 'Ugly' these days.) These kinds of people used to seem relatively rare, But they are EVERYWHERE now.. trying to snap up all the crap casino-jobs they like to advertize about all over the mid-west like a Jerry Springer 'carrot-on-a-stick'. Go to any of Vegas's so-called 'cultural events' and you may even see all of their children as well.. covered head to toe in tattoos (I have to admit, I started to really hate the things - once it got to the point where I couldn't spot a person WITHOUT one) chain-smoking (the very air in downtown Vegas smells perpetually of a combo of stale piss and smoke)and all looking rather 'dazed.' (Even the most casual weekly art-show in any number of coastal California towns is FAR superior than Vegas's 'First Fridays'.. You might actually see some ART instead of all these people and the brown clouds they generate)
Other than that? There's the growing (& I mean GROWING) Mexican community of course.. You can't pass by any goverment place now without seeing an IMMENSE line of them running all around it these days (with a Kazillion kids). Actually I think most of them seem like pretty decent folks really.. And I certainly can't blame anyone from wanting to earn a living or feed their families either. But not a one of them seems to speak a word of English anymore, and now I see many of the jobs here (which as previously mentioned - are pretty pathetic low-wage nothing things throughout) are practically DEMANDING that one speaks Spanish as well as English.. to deal with them all. Frankly, I don't mind Spanish, It's a nice language. But if I want to speak it, I'd rather be in Spain then anywhere around this damn place!
You won't find too many 'normal folks'(whatever that even may be - I've practically forgot living here too long) much anymore either (assuming you're even INTO that sort of thing) Dating?.. Heh.. I don't think I've even run across a single next-door-girl type in the last several years who upon closer examination, didn't turn out to be either 'running from something in their past', a bit druggy (or a lot), or just plain seemingly 'half out of their freaking minds... (usually the most common situation - Involves a combo of all three.)
I feel now like I'm either in a very bad 'Mad Max movie'.. or the world's biggest assembled Trailor Park. (take your pick) I for one, will be so glad to leave this awful, dreary, alternatively superficial/filthy nothing-of-a-place far far behind me. If I get out of here.. I won't even mention it again, let alone step foot in it.
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Vegas is for losers and has-beens.
Always has ...always will.
It wasn't until I started traveling in my twenties to other parts of the country that I even realized how off base the entire city is.
The traffic is offensive, the nightlife is overrated and the shows are too expensive. You can't stay anywhere on the Strip for less than $300 a night anymore.
The people don't care about each other, the housing is ridiculous, the water authority is a group of Nazis and you can't do anything without being accosted by the glorification of addiction.
The gaming industry is using ads to say that they help pay for schools...which are underfunded as it is.
There is no culture. There is no class. There are no manners. And it sucks your life away.
So why stay? Because everyone is making good money right now. And so you get a five year plan...and then another five year plan...and then another. And before you know it you're here for 30 years longer than you wanted to.
At some point you have to decide whether your sanity is more important than the money...and whether you can raise kids in this place to be good people.
Like Sheryl Crowe says..."I'm leaving Las Vegas...and I won't be back."
So while I'm forced to agree that LV has indeed become a shithole, I feel compelled to point out that it's the very same folks who are bitching and complaining herein who made it that way.
I'm contemplating moving to another state for no other reason than because, just once in my life, I'd like to be asshole from out of town.
They have the worst schools, salary, weather, culture, etc. etc.
We get it . Let the nations worst all gather there. Then let the nuke dump there leak. hahahahahah
Las Vegas reeks!
After seeing this blog I did more extensive research on Las Vegas , and I found the negatives out weigh the positives 8to1 . Thanks for helping me avoid what appears to have been a great big mistake.
Thank for telling it like it is.
I can't live with the guilt. I should have stayed in boring Nebraska. My boy would have lived. I hate this crime infested town. I leave next month, leaving my dead boy behind. I hope Las Vegas fails, and the town dries up.
Good by, Ron
I agree with all those angry with Las Vegas. I've been here 5 months on a year long internship. I'm counting down the days till I get to leave and go back to the East coast. June can't come soon enough.
A big thank you to the host of this website. I don't know any of you and I feel like this is the only bit of community that I've found since I have been here.
I was supposed to stay 4 days.. after I met my client I booked my return flight 2 days IN ADVANCE..
Back to my beloved, green SEATTLE..
I could not wait to leave Vegas, the unfriendliness, the lack of manners, lack of culture, oppressive social atmosphere..
planning to never visit Vegas again.
Apart from a renewel of vows ceremony at the graceland chapel everything else was pretty poor.
The level of consumption and waste is pretty vast.
I dont like the pushers of porn or timeshare, extemely annoying.
The food at the Mirage was expensive and tasteless.
The best shows were more expensive than the worst we have in London and featured "contract" and unheard of actors, I thought everything in America was bigger and better, well the shows certainly are not!
The deauce (pardon the spelling) was very cheap but too slow and too crowded, sometimes waiting 5 mins or longer at each stop, and, ahem, have you heard of a queue?
People step into your lift before you have got out.
Too many people, walking was difficult in places.
Overall the food was very poor, so poor in fact that twice we went to Macdonalds (the first time I have been to Macdonalds in years), it says something about cuisine when only some crappy cheeseburger is on offer (no milkshake though, the machine was not working)
I found people friendly actually, contrary to most people`s opinions here and met many very nice Americans, I was amazed how friendly my bus journeys were, maybe its because I`m an Englishman? or handsome tall rich and thin (only one of those are actually true).
Overall I did not like Vegas, too noisy, smelly, no decent theater, crap food, too crowded, over priced low quality shows and the touts were infuriating.
I wont be going again however I will definately be coming back to the states, a great country and some wonderful people.
Apart from the Mexicans Jews and Irish.
And the Greeks
So much of my own opinion of this town has been reflected in the comments already posted here. This town is absolutely devoid of any culture. When I mentioned to someone at the office that I enjoyed being involved in the art scene they suggested that I try "First Friday" to check out the local art scene. I did, it wasn't.
The people here are rude and truly lack manners. The drives are clueless and the simple task of merging is beyond their capability.
The only thing I have enjoyed about being here is the hiking and climbing.
I did a six month lease to start with and I am so glad I did. In two months when the lease is up I am out of here and getting back to civilization.
My wife and I packed up all our things, the dog, and took two friends for the cross country trip, and were on our way to "fabulous" Las Vegas. What a mistake. The trip alone was a disaster which should have been a good sign. I hate it.
It took all of a month to realize what a huge mistake I made. I left a $25/hr job attempting to start my own business out here. No one told me you can't do a damn thing without knowing someone here. With eleven years of experience in my field I managed to find a bullshit job for $12/hr. I'm packing my things as we speak.
No one here wants anything to do with you unless you can do something for them or they can make some money off of you. What a bunch of materialistic pieces of garbage.
The weather sucks in Boston. The prices of houses are much higher than in Vegas. But here's the thing... The people in Boston are human. They're friendly. They're respectful. There's a sense of family, friendship, morals and honor. None of which are here in Vegas.
Pardon the expression but... Fuck Vegas... I'm going home to shovel snow and be happy again.
My wife doesn't think we've given it a good enough try and I can't spend another minute here if I want to keep my sanity. All I have to say is this shit hole of a city better not jeopardize my marriage.
I went a few more times with coworkers/friends/associates and unfortunately I had falling outs with them over stupid shit like where to go, why we didn't want to pay the cover for a club and other stupid stuff. Vegas made us restless, immature and hateful.
The last time I was in Vegas was about 3-4 years ago to see my friend get married in front of Elvis. It was freaking hot, traffic was horrendous (over an hour just to get from one end of the strip to the other!) I had a headache the whole time I was there. That headache disappeared when got home. Go figure. Thank goodness I did a quick turnaround trip for that--flight from OC, attend quick wedding & reception and fly back in the late afternoon.
Since then, I've turned down requests to go to Vegas, even had to turn down a friend who was celebrating his birthday cuz I didn't want another fallout to happen, didn't want to experience heat & static, and didn't want to be bombarded with debauchery that's on overload. There's nothing great about paying for overpriced rooms, food and losing more money on gambling and shows. I don't see myself ever returning there.
Get real! to the comment above ... You live in a fantasy world.
I was born and raised in Vegas. Even in locals' places girls are expected to be half naked...and easy. And if you're not...expect the guys (even local guys!) to be uninterested.
High school dropouts, the lot of them.
Moving out of here is impossible.
I can't believe I googled "I Hate Las Vegas" and actually landed on a community of people who agree!
Come to visit...there is a lot to do and deals can be found...DON'T MOVE HERE.
Its not worth it.
That being said, I also agree very much with a lot of the other things people here have said; one person mentioned the fact that 7000 people move to Vegas every month but 5000 move out in that same month. How interesting that the people who are so quick to tell you about the 7000 a month moving INTO Vegas conveniently "forget" to mention the 5000 a month moving OUT. As some have already mentioned, let us not forget that Las Vegas recently ranked #57 on a list of the 378 most dangerous cities to live in in the United States-57th most dangerous, out of 378. Los Angeles was even somewhere in the high 200s or low 300's if I remember correctly, and Mission Viejo, CA was city number 378-at the bottom of the list, making it the safest city on the list. It's to the point now where you can't watch the news or read the paper in Vegas even ONE DAY without hearing about someone getting murdered somewhere in the city. I am a truck driver and have been all over this country, and I have NEVER seen ANYPLACE ELSE ANYWHERE IN THE UNITED STATES that is as debaucherous and as wicked as Las Vegas is. Las Vegas is at or near the bottom of the list of best healthcare cities, best education cities, and best air quality cities, and now leads the nation in residential foreclosures, is number 1 in mental illness, number 1 in depression rates (among both adults and children), and number 1 in suicides (again both adults and children). Hmmm, gee, I wonder why that might be?
For those few on this blog who have been trying to spew the lie about how Vegas supposedly is so wonderful and that the only thing bad about it is the people who complain about it: There are currently 114 posts on this blog, and only 2 by people like you who think Vegas is great. That leaves still 112 people who hate this dump town. Are 112 people just a bunch of idiots? IIIII DOOOOOON'T THIIIINK SOOOO!!!! If you think Vegas is great, there are only five possible explanations for that: 1.) You are blind. 2.) You are deaf. 3.) You are stupid. 4.)Some combination of 1, 2 , and 3. Or, 5.) You've never BEEN to Vegas.
Let me add something to the completely accurate anti-Vegas sentiment I have seen on this site that I notice no one has mentioned yet, which somewhat surprises me: the cops. I have been talking on the internet lately in a couple of other blogs about the vicious, bloodthirsty cops throughout Southern Nevada who have been killing people with impunity for more than 3 decades, and getting away with it every time. I have something very shocking but absolutely true to say to all those who think Vegas is great: YOU ARE NOT SAFE ANYWHERE IN VEGAS, AT ANY TIME!!!!! YOU ARE IN GREAT PERIL OF BEING MURDERED BY THE COPS EVEN IF YOU ARE AN UPSTANDING PILLAR OF THE COMMUNITY AND A COMPLETELY LAW-ABIDING CITIZEN!!!!! They will shoot you on sight just for the sport of it. Then at the coroner's inquest (a hearing that SUPPOSEDLY is designed to determine if the cop is guilty of criminal wrongdoing at the incident), every cop in Southern Nevada who shoots someone knows that to get acquitted, when the hearing master says, "Okay, Officer Joe Blowe, what happened here?" all they have to do is say, "Your honor, Mr. or Mrs. (insert dead citizen's name here) made a 'furtive movement toward (their)waistband'" (it's the same line every cop uses at every inquest), and the hearing master says, "Oh, really? Oh, well then I guess you must have been justified then. Have a nice day, Officer Blowe, go on back to work and keep protecting us from the dangerous (translate mostly innocent and almost always unarmed, or at least not armed with anything that poses any kind of immediate threat to an officer) citizens!" In the 31years that records of the Clark County Coroner's Inquest have been kept, since 1976, ONLY ONE cop-out of nearly 200 citizen killings-has ever been found criminally negligent in the death of a citizen, and that verdict was later overthrown by the Clark County Grand Jury!!!! So effectively not one single cop has ever been held to answer criminally for the death of a citizen. Now, give me a break here. Cops are human-they fuck up just as much as the rest of us do. Are you honestly going to tell me that out of almost 200 citizen deaths, over a period of 31 years, that in not one single one of those cases was a cop ever criminally negligent? You're going to tell me that in each and every one of those situations there was NOTHING else-NO other non-lethal solution that the cop could have used to defuse the situation other than to whip out his Glock 17 9mm and start blasting away as if he was at the O.K. Corral until he had left a parking lot full of dead bodies in his wake? You know what? I may have been born at night, but it was'nt last night!!! I'm not that inanely stupid as to believe that, and I hope all you Vegas lovers out there are not that inanely stupid either. I mean, come on. Ask yourself a question: How is an teenager with his hands HANCUFFED BEHIND HIM, sitting in the back of a cop car, going to make a "furtive movement toward his waistband", AFTER he has been searched and found to be unarmed, and what could he possibly produce in that situation that poses any immediate threat to a cop's life? Yet just last spring in Las Vegas, just such a teenager in just such a situation was brutally shot and killed by Metro PIGS in the back of one of their PIGmobiles!!!! Now don't get me wrong here-if someone produces a gun and points it at the cops, I've got no problem at all with the cops blowing him or her away-I would do the same thing if I were a cop. Even if I were not a cop I would. That's completely understandable. I'm not saying the cops don't have the right to defend themselves against a REAL, IMMEDIATE, IMMINENT threat to their lives. Everyone, cop or otherwise, has the right to defend themselves, using lethal force if need be, from an imminent threat to their own safety, that of their loved ones, or their hard-earned property-that's our God-given right. But Vegas cops (and the casino security guards too-there have been documented cases of that) don't simply defend themselves-they actually go out and flat out beat the crap out of, and kill, people with no legitimate cause whatsoever. They don't even really protect the rest of the citizens of the city-in fact I had one Vegas cop one day flat-out tell me that the cops have no legal duty to protect the people,and I did'nt believe it myself until I spent the next 6 months researching the issue only to find out that he was absolutely correct-there is no city, county, state or federal law, statute, ordinance, or even one single bit of case law or legal precedent, that even remotely alludes to any legal duty on the part of the cops to protect the citizenry. In fact, since I now have some knowledge of HTML, I'm seriously contemplating coding up a website to explain further to the rest of the world why Las Vegas so badly bites monkey ass and creating an additional place where more people can come and share their Vegas horror stories, and if I do so, it will be a forum for Vegas-haters and ONLY Vegas-haters. Anyone who posts anything on that site spewing any kind of filth about how Vegas is supposedly this great city and how all of us Vegas-haters are morons who don't know our heads from our asses or our asses from a hole in the ground , will have their posts immediately removed and will be banned from the forum, and I will let them know that right up front, too. So as a closing thought, and with 100% agreement and sympathy to all you other Vegas-haters out there, let me say once again that I'm glad to be among friends, comrades-in-arms, as it were, and I'm so relieved that my 9 1/2 year nightmare that was a so-called life in HELL (I mean Las Vegas) is finally, mercifully, over and I'm back home where I belong in beautiful sunny Southern California where I'm from and where I belong. Because I'll put it to you this way: if it was a choice between sleeping under a bridge or in my car for the rest of my life in Southern California, or having a mansion and all the money I could ever need in Las Vegas and never having to be without a home ever, as much as I would despise the idea of being homeless, I'd take the pauper's life in California any day of the week and 999,999,999,999,999 (999 trillion-plus) times on Sunday!!!! God bless all of you who finally made it away from that open sewer of a town and back to a decent life, and my hopes and prayers to all those who are still there and desperately want to leave and would pack their stuff and leave this instant if they could. If the Russians or somebody decided to nuke Las Vegas tomorrow and blow it off the face of the map, it would be the greatest thing that ever happened to this country!!!!
I've gone back to school to finally finish my degree and have about 1-1/2 years to go. UNLV is relatively cheap and I plan on getting my undergrad degree there. The real quandary is whether I want to get my grad degree here and have to endure an extra 2-4 years in this shithole, or blow this popsicle stand and go home. If I move back home after I finish my BA, I will have to wait a year to qualify for resident tuition rates (which are still higher than UNLVs graduate school rates, even with the resident discount.) I'm not sure if I can take 6 more years of living here. But then again, I have to wait until the housing market turns around. I can only cross my fingers and hope that the neighborhood stays nice enough that my house appreciates and can sell when the time comes to break for freedom.
I believe in the concept that people are shaped and affected by their environment and I am worried that Vegas is turning me into an uptight, hyper tensioned, jerk. Getting anything done here is always a hassle, from waiting for 3 hours at the DMV for license plates to the 45 minutes I spend to drive the 7 action packed miles to work, I have lived in much larger cities where things seem to move so much faster and smoother. Somewhere, somehow, things in the city are frighteningly out of balance. I do not know if it is the influx of illegal aliens, who seem to love it here, or what, but it feels like everything from grocery stores to municipalities are overcrowded and overwhelmed and it continues to get worse day by day. It has been 5 years since I moved here and I’ve had enough. In six months I’m packing up and moving to the coast, where there is green grass and water. For those thinking about moving here please take the following and all of the posts into severe consideration…
It is indeed true that Las Vegas is home to some of the rudest people in America, but it is no wonder. The landscape is harsh, callus, and unforgiving and thus so are the people who live here. I hope to keep myself from becoming one of them.
If you think you are going to simply move here and jump into a casino job on the strip think again. Many of the good jobs require knowing someone, or someone knowing you to land the gig. It doesn’t happen overnight. Also, do not forget about the whole process of obtaining a “sheriffs card”. If you can’t get into one of the casinos and have to take a quick food service job, that will also require a “health card”. Neither are terribly expensive, but do require time (sort of like sitting for hours at the DMV with the newly arrived scum of the earth) and money and are a pain in the rear. If you are a young white collar professional and will be working in an office then good for you, but make sure you take whatever salary you figured you would be making and cut it in half, especially for those of you coming from California. Also make sure you have that office job lined up before you get here.
I get the impression from other people I have met from around the country that Vegas is a cheap place to live. That was likely true years ago, before the boom, but now we paying big city rates to live in a giant suburb. Car registration, gasoline, rents, food insurance, and even entertainment and concerts are considerably more expensive than most other large cities and to add insult to injury, we are not even a “big city” more like an overgrown suburb.
Due to the isolation of this town, you will get “island fever” after the first few months of living here. It begins to feel like there is no other world outside of this little bubble of Las Vegas and that is a scary thing to feel. Luckily, my job requires some travel so I can be reminded of how normal people live, and that there is indeed still a world outside of this awful cesspool.
You will likely see more car accidents and mangled bodies in the first few years of living here than in all of the years you have spent in you hometown. In 5 years here I have seen some freighting things, some which will stick with me maybe forever. I saw a girl get hit by a car on Tropicana that was traveling at 50 mph. Also witnessed a motorcycle crash scene where a human leg was laying in the middle of the street. Simply too many fender benders and car accidents to even keep track of. It seems like I see an accident or two every day.
If you move out here with your girlfriend, boyfriend, wife, husband… whatever, expect there to be major issues in your relationship after the move. From my experience and the experience of my friends here, a lot of couples seem to break up shortly after relocating here. Not sure why, but it seems to be the trend.
Lastly, if you do not heed the warnings on this site and still insist on moving to Las Vegas, you better make sure you do it soon. We are running out of water and within the next few years I predict the “imaginary belt” around the valley that Dina Titus was pushing several years ago will become a reality, if not a mass exodus out of here. It is a serious that needs to be addressed. The cowboys who run the Southern Nevada Water Authority seem clueless but it is possible that there is no solution.
For a long time I felt trapped because I was worried that I would not be able to find a job as good as the one I have now if I leave Las Vegas. But I have realized that I would rather be earn less and live in peace than spend one more year in this joke of a “city”.
Housing, still overpriced. Cost of everything expensive. Maybe I should just hull up in my apartment for a year or two and avoid all the temptations in this town. God, what a boring place.
It allergy season In Las Vegas again. Today the Mulberry reading is 15,950 part per billion.
That bad considering when
a reading of 1,250 is considered High.
Thanks goes out to all the builders who planted trees and vegetation that are not indigenous to this area.
If you were thinking of moving to the desert to escape your allergies, forget it. The spring here will kill you....litterally
Some valley neighborhoods that many thought were safe are now seeing more crime than ever.
The newest report by Congressional Quarterly rates Nevada the most dangerous state to live in ,a claim residents living here would agree with as they find themselves victims of crimes.
"My son walks home from the bus. I don't feel safe anymore. He is not allowed to do that, he's not allowed to go outside and ride his bike. His school, there's been letters sent home regarding people trying to kidnap children on their way to school," said Amber Casteel.
Living in Southern Highlands for five years, Casteel felt safe until her home was broken in to, but that's not all she and William Crock have had to face.
"The grocery store started to have armed guards and you would hear the gaming machines had been robbed. Then I started to hear oh a neighbor around the corner their house got broken into," he said.
But the final scare came when a man was found murdered nearby. Now both want to get away from the area even the state. NICE!
And with all seriousness here, why can't the water district do SOMETHING to make the water better?! Its so hard, the dishes never ever look clean and the smell of chlorine makes me not want to bathe. What happens to the water as it makes its way thru Utah? Is it all the drugged up Mormons?
Las Vegas is unlike any other city, it defintily has no culture what-so-ever, and your lucky if one out ten people are nice to you. I can't wait untill I get the Fuck out this hellhole. Seriously, the only way you can deal with Las Vegas is if you are Drunk or High all of the time. If your planning on moving to Vegas I hope you want to spend alot of time in the casino's because thats all you can do. All movie theaters are in Casions, there's no community centers to go to because there is no community, theres really nothing to do "outdoorsy" in Las Vegas because there is no outdoors. Trust me if your not from Las Vegas you WILL HATE it. Sorry I know Im going on for a long time but Las Vegas = HELL I guarantee you.
I have been here for 6 months now and can't get a decent paying job. This really is a place for lost dreams. And I willingly moved here for what? Sneezing attacks all day long because of all the pollen? NO!
We are trying to make it work, but deep down I have a feeling we will be back to tahoe or somewhere else within the next year. Especially since every day my hate grows for this disgusting place. Even more everytime I watch the news. How many bad things happened today? Did another car run into someone's house again? Who was robbed at gun point today? I HATE VEGAS!!!
Anyway the guys I went with were all about 10 years my junior and single/no kids. I'm married and in my later 30's with 3 little ones. I thought that was why I had a bad time, but I honestly love to travel and party so I'm glad I found, via Google, other folks who are too intelligent or cultured to believe the hype about Vegas.
I couldn't justify the $300 a head table service charge for LAX so I stayed home. Every night I would get bombed early and get into bed early; I paid for this the following day with nothing to do during the daylight hours; Virginia may be for lovers, but Vegas is for vampires. I don't have a gambling addiction so the sports book means nothing to me. We stayed at the Palms, surprise, surprise, and I was struck by the ugliness of the whole city as viewed from my high rise room...the rooftops are all flat and black...the city from there looks like a giant parking lot...which would have been a better use of space if you ask me.
My buddies drank all night and slept all day...so I stayed in the hotel watching crap tv and staring at the walls just wishing the whole miserable trip to be over. Vegas brought out the depressive side of me, too. I just felt like I was wasting my time and money in a place that was all plastic and tacky and so hypersexual it was ridiculous...I guess this is where swingers and sexual deviants go to vacation, yuck.
From now on, if I want to get my party on, I'm going to New Orleans, if I want to gamble, AC is more my taste and speed, not to mention it has a beach and fresh air. And if I want to live a fantasy, I'll keep going back to Disney World, where the buildings may be fabricated, but the people and the feelings invoked are genuine.
Las Vegas isn't all bad and I agree with posters who say it isn't right to judge a city by the strip. But the culture on the surface and on the strip is just too much for me. Everyone wants your money...and it is designed to make it easy to hand it over.
I tried to have a good attitude about moving here even though I was dreading it inside.
The main thing thst bothers me is how unfriendly everyone is!
I came from Texas and there we smile at people and them smile back! Hell you can even strike up a conversation with a stranger and leave a friend!
I guess you either love it here or hate it.
Personally .... I hate it.
You've just described the average Las Vegan. That's what they're all like.
YOU ALL ARE ALL RIGHT.
EXCEPT THEY ONE WITH THE JEWELRY PARTY.
ALL I GOT TO SAY ABOUT THAT IS HOPE YOU ALL GOT BULLETPROOF WINDOWS AND BULLETPROOF VEST ON.
THE DAMN HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION PARTIES END IN SHOOTINGS HOW U THINK A JEWELRY PARTY WILL END.
THE CITY IS HELL NO OTHER WAY TO PUT IT.
I MOVED TO LAS VEGAS IN 1993 FROM WATTS, CA.
MY WIFE AND I MOVED OUT OF THERE A MONTH AFTER THE RIOTS.
AND HONESTLY I WISH I JUST WOULD HAVE STAYED.
I THOUGHT LAS VEGAS WAS A ENTERTAINMENT CAPITAL AND A GREAT PLACE IN GENERAL.
2 WEEKS AFTER MOVING HERE I FOUND OUT FROM THE NEWS VEGAS HAD RODNEY KING RIOTS TO.
I MOVED TO DONNA ST. AND CARTIER BECAUSE IT WAS CHEAP.
HA BIGGEST MISTAKE OF MY LIFE.
I THOUGHT WATTS WAS BAD WITH GANGS.
DONNA STREET CRIPS WHICH RAN THE AREA WERE IN CONSTANT GANG WARS.
IF THEY WERENT FIGHTING WITH DIANA STREET VILLANS IT WAS THE LVO IF IT WASNT LVO IT WAS BERKLEY SQUARE BLOODS IF IT WASNT THEM IT WAS GERSON PARK KINGSMEN. EVEN ANOTHER LOCAL CRIP GANG CALLED CYNDSUE CRIPS FOUGHT IT OUT WITH DONNA STREET CRIPS. IT WAS BLOODS VS. CRIP CRIPS VS. BLOODS BLOODS VS. BLOODS AND CRIPS VS. CRIPS
AND THEN THERE IS LATIN KINGS, BLACK DISCIPLES, HYBRID GANGS, FOLKS, INDEPENDENT GANGS, I EVEN HEAR THERE WAS A BLACK MAFIA OVER OFF OF COMSTOCK.
MY WIFE HAD A SON FROM HER FIRST MARRIAGE. HE CAME TO LIVE WITH US.
LUCKY FOR HIM A MIDDLE SCHOOL WAS WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE.
THE MIDDLE SCHOOL WAS ON CONSTANT LOCKDOWN WE HAD HANDBOOKS BROUGHT HOME ABOUT FOR FEAR OF SAFETY WHAT OUR CHILD SHOULD NOT WEAR. I WENT TO THE SCHOOL TO PICK MY SON UP AFTER A SO-CALLED LUNCHROOM RIOT.
NOT ONLY FROM THE FACT OF THEY SCHOOL HAD THERE OWN SCHOOL POLICE DEPARTMENT BUT HOW CROWDED IT WAS HOW OLD THE SCHOOL WAS IT WAS TERRIBLE. AND NO POSTERS OR ANYTHING HANGING FROM THE WALLS.
ON THE WAY OUT A GANG MEMBER IN ALL BLUE ASKED ME IF I WAS INTO CRACK COCAINE OR AS HE SAID IT U GOT ALIL BITTA CHIP FO ALIL BITTA WHITE DIP.
AND THAT WAS JUST THE MIDDLE SCHOOL
PALO VERDE HIGH SCHOOL BONANZA HIGH SCHOOL MOHAVE HIGH SCHOOL CANYON SPRINGS HIGH SCHOOL RANCHO HIGH SCHOOL CHEYYENE HIGH SCHOOL LEGACY HIGH SCHOOL DESERT PINES WESTERN HIGH SCHOOL AND ELDORADO HIGH SCHOOL ALL WERE IN THE NEWS WITH IN JUST A FEW MONTHS FOR SHOTS FIRED AND GUNS CONFISCATED. THATS WHAT WAS ON THE NEWS.
A PALO VERDE HIGH SCHOOL FRESHMAN WAS SHOT AND KILLED IN FRONT OF THE HIGH SCHOOL JUST A FEW WEEKS AGO.
WITH IN THE LAST 6 MONTHS
ON DONNA ST. MY CAR WAS STOLEN I WENT TO THE STORE WITH MY WIFE IN HER CAR AND CAME BACK GLASS WAS WERE IT USE TO SIT.
MY WIFES CAR WS BROKEN INTO TWICE. BEFORE WE CAME OUT ON DAY AND FOUND IT ON CENDER BLOCKS. WITH ONLY THE FRAME LEFT.
WE BOUGHT A CAR FROM ONE OF MY WIFES CO-WORKERS IT WAS NOTHING FANCY JUST SOMETHING FOR MY WIFE TO GET AROUND WHILE SHE WAS PREGNANT.
I TOOK THE BUS.
I GOT OFF WORK COMING HOME ON THE BUS I GET A CALL MY WIFE WAS CARJACKED OFF OF LAKE MEAD BOULEVARD COMING HOME FROM THE WALMART ON MLK AND CRAIG.
ABOUT A WEEK AGO MY STEP-SON WAS AT A CAT BUS STOP ON CHEYYENE AVENUE WHEN SOMEONE DID A DRIVE BY SHOOTING HE WAS SHOT TWICE.
FORTUANTLY HE LIVED BUT IT NEVER MADE IT TO THE NEWS. THE POLICE CAME TO THE HOSPITAL WITH IN 30 MINUTES THEY LEFT.
AND THE MOST RECENT EVENT
A YOUNG MAN WAS SHOT AND KILLED 2 NIGHTS AGO OFF OF PUTNAM AND DONNA.
I WAS GETTING OFF THE BUS STOP WHEN IT HAPPENED. I RAN HOME. I DID NOT CALL THE COPS BECAUSE I DONT KNOW WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN THEN.
I GOT UP THE NEXT MORNING TRYING TO JUST FORGET ABOUT IT.
I WAS WALKING TO THE BUS STOP AND YET THE BODY WAS STILL THERE HOWEVER THE BODY WAS STRIPPED DOWN THEY TOOK HIS WATCH HIS BELT JEWELRY AND EVEN HIS SHOES.
I TRIED TO ACT LIKE I DID NOT NOTICE ANYTHING AND YET I DID NOTICE EVERYONE JUST WALKING AROUND IT LIKE NO ONE ELSE SEES IT EITHER.
LUCKILY THAT NIGHT COMING HOME NLV POLICE WERE THERE.
BUT THATS A JOKE TO IT NEVER MADE IT TO THE NEWS.
THE CITY IS A WASTELAND.
I LIVED IN A WAR-ZONE AND IT COST 650 A MONTH FOR IT. HELL I COULD ENLIST IN THE ARMY AND GET PAYED TO GO THROUGH THE SAME THING.
WATER BILLS POWER BILLS AMAZINGLY HIGH.
I SLEEP TO GUNSHOTS.
SCHOOLS ARE WORSE THEN ANYONE COULD EVEN IMAGINE.
PEOPLE JUST DRIVE AROUND MESSING WITH PEOPLE EVERYTHING FROM EGGING THEM TO SHOOTING PAINTBALLS AT THEM TO FIRING LIVE ROUNDS AT THEM.
GANGS ARE PROBABLY THE WORST.
SO MANY OF THEM ALL FIGHTING OVER A SMALL AREA.
LVO BERKLEY SQUARE BLOODS WC BLOODS PLAYBOY BLOODS ROLLIN 60'S CRIPS SQUAD UP WOOD DONNA STREET CRIPS 20 GANG ARE JUST A FEW OF THE MANY WITH IN 3 MILES OF ME.
THE POLLUTION IS TERRIBLE MANY TIMES I CANT EVEN SEE THE STRATOSPHERE.
AND ITS SO SO SO HOT
110'S ALMOST ALWAYS
I LIVED IN WATTS, CA DURING RODNEY KING RIOTS AND I GOT TO SAY I MISS IT
VEGAS IS THE MOST SHITTYIEST PLACE OUT THERE AND I CAN ONLY HOPE EVERY PAYCHECK I MAKE IT TO THE BANK BEFORE I GET HELD UP SO I CAN SAVE MONEY TO GET OUT OF HERE.
IF YOU LIKE GANGS, GETTING SHOT AT, SELLING DRUGS, EXTREME HEAT, CORRUPT COPS, CORRUPT JUDICAL SYSTEM, POLLUTION, CONSTANT TRAFFIC AND FEARING FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY'S LIFE AND YOU DONT HAVE ANY MEANINGFUL POSSESIONS
DO I HAVE THE PLACE FOR YOU
ALL I NEED TO SAY
FUCK LAS VEGAS
FUCK NORTH LAS VEGAS
FUCK METRO POLICE
FUCK ALL THE GANGS AND CROOKED PEOPLE WHO LIVE HERE
FUCK SOUTHERN NEVADA
I hate this town (and I call it a town, because it's not a real city).
There is no real entertainment. There is no arts community. There are no museums or zoos or community theatres or anything. There is no music scene. We only get washed-up has-beens here.
There are two seasons: REALLY FUCKING HOT and warm. I miss cooling rain, wonderful snow storms, and beautiful foliage. There is only sun and plenty of it.
This is the only city I have ever been to (except maybe LA) where people NEED a car. The public transportation is a joke and everything is too far spread out to walk to.
All of the movie theatres are inside of goddamn casinos.
There are no farmers markets... or anything other than chain supermarkets.
There are no fairs or carnivals. As corny as they are, they're fun lol.
The schools are shit. NV is second or dead last when it comes to education.
There is no sports!
The tap water tastes like shit.
The locals are retards.
I miss being able to take a day-trip to another city/state.
At first I thought it was cool that you could buy booze anywhere and drink and smoke anywhere, but I don't smoke anymore and I rarely even drink lol.
I FUCKING HATE THIS PLACE AND HAVE TO REMIND MYSELF THAT WE'RE MOVING IN A YEAR OTHERWISE I WILL GO INSANE AND BE DEPRESSED 24/7. sorry for all the caps but I just can't adequately express my hatred for this place
Bill, retired CA Prison Guard.
ima tell yall clownz to hold tight 4 a minute
IMA MUTHAFUCKIN VET IN THIS CITY
BORN AND FUCKIN RAISED
THIS IS THA BEST CITY
IM FROM H STREET AND LAKE MEAD
YEA DATZ RITE DOOLITTLE PARK NIGGAZ
THA WEST SIDE OF THA 70DUB
YALL NIGGAZ A BUNCHA PUSS ASS NIGGAZ
IF YALL CANT STAND IT HERE DEN STAY DA FUCK OUT
IF YO FAM GETZ GOT WHO CARES DEY ALL GOTTA DIE SUMTIME NEWAYZ
ND FO ALL YALL MUFUKAZ WHO SAYIN WE AINT GOTTA MUSIK SCENE
ME AND MY NIGGA TRAJIK AND INFARED STARTED THA L.Y.T C.Y.T.I MOVEMENT
I JUS STARTD DA LEFT COAST MOVEMENT
MY NIGGA KNOXX STARTD NEVADAZ LARGEST MUSIK MOVEMENT
THA FROZEN PROPANE
WE ALL DA SAME THANG
ND YA TRAJIK KILLD PRENDES 2 YEARS AGO
BUT DAMN PIG HAD IT COMIN
FUCK YALL DISSIN ON VEGAS
IM FROM THA WEST
WE THA REAL SHIT IN VEGAS
YALL NIGGAZ FROM WISCONISN ND SHIT R THA ONES FUCKIN TIS CITY UP
SO GET TO STEPPIN HOMO ASS NIGGAZ
Wow, a new museum about the mob will open soon in Las Vegas! What culture! Las Vegas is a ludicrous place to live and some 170 blogs prove what is already fact. Las Vegas sucks.
The same way you would save someone from a pit of venomous snakes. Get them the hell out of there.
PLEASE review some of these last posts, and remove them. Some of these posts are plain stupid and need to be removed. It reminds me of the days of the CB radio. At first they were great and fun....THEN came the idiots, by the dozens, who only wanted to talk a bunch of trash. It made having an intelligent converstation, on the CB, next to impossiable. Don't let the idiots take over this blog. Again, please consider DELETING some of these last stupid posts...Thank you
Working in a casino, I can say without a doubt that it brings out the worst in people. You get so comfortable making a decent wage that you stop trying to better yourself. I can't speak for every casino worker. I'm sure there are some of them that actually like their jobs. For me, however, I've come to despise every minute that I'm at work. To give you a little background, I work in casino surveillance so I see just about everything. I used to be a decent person but I'm realizing that the darker side of me is coming out more. I sometimes feel as though I have no compassion for anyone and no passion for anything. It seems that I only now care about who's winning/losing and how much. Granny just blew her medication money on penny slots? Tough, thanks for the paycheck lady. See what I mean? I simply don't care any more and it isn't a good thing. My only respite is the fact that once I leave I can come home to my wife and daughter. Being with them allows me to achieve a balance of sorts. This town seems to bring out the dark side in everyone.
I just got back from vacation with my wife and daughter. We went to the midwest to see family and I can say that I was tempted to not get back on the plane. Everything was better there. The food, the people, the vibe in general were all spot on. For the time that I was there, I felt alive. It was as if an empty void in my life had been filled. Now that I'm back, I'm feeling that void again. This city is a wasteland and the people are just hollow.
There is no culture here and outdoor activity is limited at best. Who wants to go outside when it's 110 degrees out? My wife and I can't even sit outside in the evening some days because it's still too hot. In the winter, the north winds constantly blow so it sucks to be outside then. There are few cloudy days. I think that you need some dreary day to balance out the sunny days, a yin-yang type of thing. When it rains I always go outside to watch it because I don't know when I'll see rain again. Everything here is brown and looks dead. It has an effect on you. Food starts to lose it's taste, music starts to lose it's feeling, everything seems to go flat.
The new residents are always fun to listen to. They always talk about how boring it was where they came from or that the winters were too cold. They don't know what their missing and they don't know what their in for. I just smile at them and tell them "Welcome to Las Vegas". In the back of my mind I'm thinking that they are in for a rude awakening. A lot of locals say there is a 5, 10, & 15 year threshold for moving out of Las Vegas. Most people live in Vegas for at least five years and then contemplate moving and so on. I've been here too long and I'm past the 15 year mark, I wonder if there is a 20 year mark?
Enough of my rant. If, after reading this, you still want to move to Las Vegas, consider yourself warned. Stay away. If you have a family, stay far away. Everything in this town sucks. The jobs, the housing, the food, the people, they all suck. Las Vegas will suck the life out of you.
This place now? ..I barely recognize it. And it isn't the skyline or buildings that have changed the most.. It's the people.
I gave in to many of the temptations of that city the first year and even after going back to being myself the following two years, I developed the hatred for Las Vegas that many talk about on this forum. I swore to my fellow teachers that when my third year was up, I would have my moving van in the parking lot the last day of school. On the last day of school on my third year, my co-workers couldn’t stop laughing when they pulled in to the faculty parking lot and saw my big ass yellow Penske truck. Moving though, gave me mixed feelings as I found myself missing my close friends and my church. I don’t know if I can go back just for my friends. They all want to move eventually too.
On a more comic note, specifically about the drivers, do any of you remember an accident a few years ago somewhere on the western part of the 215 (I don’t remember between which exits) where a pickup doing more than 100mph crashed into the backyard of one of the houses that lines the 215. For any of you who have driven the western portions the 215 will note a few things, for example: the steep slope of melon-sized boulders between the 215 and the houses, the distance between the 215 and the houses, and the height of that slope of boulders between the 215 and the houses. How the hell does someone pull that off? Well, a Las Vegas driver did. The truck landed on its wheels by the way. And, just yesterday here in Houston, a driver nearly sideswiped me because she wanted to go around another car and when I honked, she flipped me off. Where were the plates from? Yep, Nevada, with a Findlay dealership license plate bracket. All I could do was laugh…
Las Vegas is like some of my students were, simply unwilling to change.
It was the worst vacation of my life. Thank God it was only a couple of days. I was bored to tears a day in.
My companions all turned into a bunch of drunken snobs.
I almost literally kissed my driveway when I returned.
This place is a Bermuda Triangle of filth and decay, sucking good people in and destroying lives.
I will NEVER return here and I wouldn't live there if someone gave it to me. It is a stinking cesspool, a digusting unwashed armpit of a city.
Actually, there's a number that hate the place there too.. ;O)
That's the dumbest statement I have ever read. Vegas is anything but "like any other city". It's a desolate shit hole filled with servants, whores and con-men. It's a place so devoid of decency that even the animal shelter is a scam. What Vegas is suffering through right now is pure unadulterated KARMA! And by the way, I did get a life. It began the day I watched that congregation of self centered greedy little assholes fade in the rear view mirror.
I imagined as a child a city full of wonderfully dressed, beautiful people- like a James Bond movie set in Monte Carlo. Boy, was I ever in for a shock! Drunken, classless fools, throwing money at everything in the pursuit of "entertainment." I have to go there for work next week, so i am staying at a hotel far away from the strip.
I like the outdoors, even the desert, but that place would get to me real quick. What a dump!
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