Sin City's Identity Stripped by Recession

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- This is not just a place people are born and live. Las Vegas is an enterprise. It is a deal people enter, a set of givens agreed upon: More is better. Biggest is best. To live in Las Vegas is to stake your future on this enterprise -- for better or worse. For the past 20 years, it has been for better. The unemployment rate was minuscule. Gleaming new casinos were built on "old" casinos like so many sandcastles on a beach. Hundreds of neat stucco houses promised a palm tree...Full Story
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