Monday, March 22, 2010

The New Mid-Strip

Walking the Las Vegas Strip

There's a lot more pedestrian foot traffic and activity, on the Strip, than ever before. For the first time since The Strip began, back in 1941, the vacant lots of the Mid-Strip are all filled in with hotels, stores and wide sidewalks - making pedestrian use of the boulevard an easy and enjoyable part of everyone's Vegas Experience .

With the December opening of City Center nearly all of the empty gaps of the southern Mid-Strip properties have been filled in - making the boulevard more appealing for visitors who want to walk from one hotel-casino to the next.

The north end of the Strip has become a virtual no-man's-land of vacant properties and empty spaces, basically from the Sahara Hotel to Wynn's Encore. With the Stardust, the Frontier and assorted gift shops now gone, the north end of the Strip has become an unappealing, long-distanced, turn-off for pedestrian use.

Meanwhile, the Mid-Strip areas from Fashion Show Mall to NYNY have brought new life and much more pedestrian foot-traffic to the hotels from Spring Mountain Road to Tropicana Avenue. With the arrival of City Center and the pedestrian-friendly attractions of Bellagio's fountains, the Paris Plaza , the wide sidewalks of Planet Hollywood and the cool weather of Spring - the Mid-Stip is now noticably alive with lots of people having fun walking.

Pedestrianism is made inviting by the wide sidewalks in front of Ballys, Bellagio, Paris and Planet Hollywood .

The pedestrian-oriented, wide stairways leading into Planet Hollywood's Miracle Mile Shops.

A warm Spring night on the Strip, showing the pedestrian bridge leading to Crystals' Mall and City Center.

The leisurely sidewalk at Planet Hollywood.

Open-top, night-bus at the new Harmon Street and LV Blvd intersection .

Crystals, Mandarin, Veer Towers and Harley-Davidson Cafe sights on the south Mid-Strip

Devil Woman above Diablo's Cantina in front of the Monte Carlo Hotel.

Northern Mid-Strip (Flamingo Hotel to TI) seen from Bellagio-Caesars pedestrian bridge

Looking south down Las Vegas Blvd from Flamingo Rd towards Tropicana Ave from one of the busiest intersections in the USA.

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