Work at Wynn and Resorts World inspires more ideas for the North Strip

The Strip’s north end is primed for more changes.
Illustration: Ian Racoma

Later this year, construction work looks to ramp up at the long-gestating Resorts World casino-hotel and begin for Wynn’s aquatic Paradise Park. Those mammoth projects have two things in common: their audaciousness and their location at the northern end of the Strip, the revitalization of which has been projected for years. What other endeavors might benefit the area? Naturally, we have ideas of our own.

Build the casinos already. We’ve lived with stuck-in-limbo projects like Resorts World and Alon for so long, they now seem abstract, but there’s no reason they shouldn’t be built right now. The recession’s over, and the new administration likes gaming. It feels like the developers are waiting for something else to happen. What, exactly? –Geoff Carter

The next Vegas icon. The South Strip has been in the spotlight long enough. It’s time to recruit the next Betty Willis—which is to say, a local, female graphic designer—to create this generation’s “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign. –C. Moon Reed

Nostalgic makeover. With regards to MGM Resorts’ attempt to modernize Circus Circus, it should slam on the brakes and throw that effort in reverse. Brighten the exterior, refresh the midway, (better) promote the Steakhouse and, most importantly, restore the original and iconic Horse-Around Bar. In short, make Circus Circus old and cool again. –Mike Prevatt

Cars and trains. We dream of a county-owned public parking garage that offers free (or super-low-cost) parking to locals and tourists, along with utopian light rail that will one day offer the North Strip easy access to Downtown and the airport. –CMR

Finish Fontainebleau. Rope in the LVCVA to provide the political will to help to get it done, since a large portion of that entity’s property now abuts it. –GC

Las Vegas Festival Grounds needs festivals. With Rock in Rio and ACM Party for a Cause not returning to the 33-acre lot, MGM must find new events for it, or outsource its bookings (ahem, Insomniac). –MP

Take the TVs out of the Peppermill’s Fireside Lounge. They destroy the vibe. –GC

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