Blackjack And Mickey Vs. Urban Blight

Just a few miles from the casinos that dominate Las Vegas' glittery Strip, there's another world that tourists seldom see. Downtown Vegas, once the center of the gambling world, is now the haunt of drug dealers and prostitutes. But in a remarkable bet, the city of Las Vegas has given eight casino owners the responsibility for revitalizing a four-block area of downtown. Funded mostly by the city, the $63 million Fremont Street Project would raze the old pawn shops to make way for tony stores and nightly laser shows.

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