Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Fremont East District - Las Vegas

Fremont East District is a section of Fremont Street in the vicinity of The El Cortez Hotel and Casino. It is about a block away from the east end (Fitzgerald's, Walgreens, Neonopolis, etc.) of The Fremont Street Experience.

The area has been run down for a long time, but is being cleaned up and brightened. Old time stores have closed. The road and sidewalks have been redone. Street signs are new, unique, and blue.

Las Vegas retro style signs have been placed on poles in the center of Fremont Street. Ground level pedestrian crossings have been added.

The power has not yet been turned on, so the signs remain dark. I have read, but not confirmed that the power will be turned on this Friday, the 24th of August 2007, after a ceremony.

If there is such a ceremony I do not expect to attend.

But I was there recently photographing the area in it's pre-official opened state.

The El Cortez is in the right place at the right time. Residential buildings are going up in the area. The street is losing it's vintageness but the money will flow.

Even once the area is officially turned on, there will still not be too much going on for a while. If you are there in the near future, you will be able to see some of the remainders of how the street used to be - some of the old storefronts and such. It is going away quickly though.

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