Most of my reflections on Vegas will be saved for the book, but I will give these three brief notes before we get to the holiday snaps.
1. I’m fairly sure that there is a lost postscript to The Inferno in which Dante describes a 10th circle of hell coming to pass in the near future that sounds suspiciously like modern day Las Vegas.
2. The homelessness/joblessness crisis in Las Vegas is maybe the worst I’ve ever seen, and that’s including Detroit, Baltimore and Washington DC. The city’s current unemployment rate of 9.8%¹ and estimated 14.9% of the population living below the poverty line,² these numbers don’t take into account the homeless/transient community because those without permanent addresses are only in rare circumstances contacted by the US Census Bureau or the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
3. I cannot speak for anyone else specifically on this matter, but, it is now my experience after my first trip to Las Vegas that the town and recovering alcoholics/addicts are about as well suited as an asthmatic and a room full of burning asbestos. That is all.
Now, the pictures!
¹ 11.2% according to the US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates from 2007-2011
² The number climbs to 21.6% for just children, resulting in large part from even higher poverty rates among single mother households
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