This evening, a renovated section of Fremont Street will have a ceremony and music to celebrate the opening of Fremont East District. (Other sections of Fremont Street will simply have music to celebrate people getting drunk as usual.)
At 7:00 pm tonight Friday 24 August 2007 there will be a ceremony at Fremont East District.
At 7:45 pm (I believe) the power will be turned on to the few bits of neon and signs in this particular segment of Fremont Street.
At 8:00 pm the regular hourly Fremont Street Experience shows begin; a block or two away of course.
It remains to be seen what will really develop of this small area. I suppose that in time it will do well as there are residential buildings going up in the area.
The Western Hotel and Casino, (which I think is now only a casino) is a little beyond the east end of Fremont East District. The tourists I have seen venturing on this block tend to turn around using the El Cortez as their safety limit.
A lot of stores on this block are closed but not yet redeveloped. It is actually a fine time to check out the block and photograph the remains of old Las Vegas stores.
On the west end of Fremont East District, one can still see the 7 from what was a neon 7-11. Big deal I know.
There are also old closed discount and souvenir stores. Their signs remain, and are interesting to see. In a way it is unfortunate that these stores did not remain open to be a part of tonight's festivities.
Have fun in Las Vegas and turn your flash off.
[Also see my earlier post about Fremont East District at http://royvegas.blogspot.com/2007/08/fremont-east-district-las-vegas.html
which was posted on Tuesday 21 August 2007.]