A Vegas sense of history

The Stardust Hotel-Casino was demolished this morning at 2:30 a.m. local time. It was the last of the resorts built in the 1950s, having been erected in 1958. And who does the NY Times turn to for an obligatory note of nostalgia? Joel Rosales, age 23, who runs a site called LeavingLV.net. (I haven’t been to the site, nor have plans to.)

The loss of the Stardust, he said, is particularly disappointing. “Having been born and raised here in Vegas, it’s always been a rock,” he said of the resort. “In this ever-changing city, the Stardust was always there. I wouldn’t say I’m as upset as I am disappointed, that we as a city have no sense of preserving our past and heritage, no matter how tacky or out-of-date it may be.”

A couple of observations. First, Rosales was born around 1984. He may have a real sense of history, but a quote like this tells me that he considers anything older than himself to be “historic” and worth preserving. Second, nobody who visits Vegas ever has or ever will care about the preservation of its past and heritage. That is not why people go there, and thankfully for the tourists, impractical romantics like Rosales, who want to keep shitty casinos around “no matter how tacky or out-of-date they may be,” are not in charge of planning and development.

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6 Responses to “A Vegas sense of history”

  1. Joe Says:

    Unacceptable… What would Phil Martin think?!?

  2. Curly Says:

    I’ve got his home phone # around here somewhere. We could call him and find out!

  3. Joel Rosales Says:

    Hahaha. Fuck you. Don’t be sad because people care more about history than they do your blog, including the New York Times. Sad Sad person.

  4. Curly Says:

    Dear Joel,

    I understand you’re going through a rough time right now, with the Stardust gone. The universe must seem confusing without this “rock,” this steady reference point. My advice: sit down with a “classic” movie, preferably one that was released during your early teen years. Pulp Fiction will always be there for you.

    P.S. It should go without saying, but if my blog was as worthless as you imply, you would not have wasted your time by posting a comment. Then again, maybe it IS worthless and you just don’t know what has real value. Hmmm?

  5. Joel Rosales Says:

    Blah blah blah. Thanks for all the hits old man!

  6. Mark Says:

    Curly, again you are totally wrong. I think Vegas is a vast repository of the treasures of Western Civilization. Wait… what? Vegas blows. I wouldn’t care if I never again set foot in the cheesy dump.

    I think the condition of the carpets alone justifies leveling any hotel built in Vegas before 1980. A winner idea would be to recreate one of the cool 1950s hotels and then put in an audio-animatronic Sinatra for the lounge. And they could knock it down again in 10 years. Now we are talking big $$, hell I might even go there for that! No, probably not.

    Also, Joel, take a huge chill pill. Enjoy your moment, then get busy digging up more history in your shitty town. Remember, Curly doesn’t hate you as much as he hates NYT!

    And there are already a few articulate Curly bashers on this blog, so please pay your dues and stop using profanity. So fucking rude!

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