Developers tried to take the winning formulas from projects in California and Arizona and apply them to Southern Nevada. With few true architectural successes and many uncompleted/abandoned projects, the Las Vegas area has become a wasteland. J. Patrick Coolican of the Las Vegas Sun spent some time with local architects and got their take on the situation:
The architects are largely in agreement: We need to grapple with what we?ve done, learn from mistakes, and begin planning a new future, with the entire community playing a role.
Despite what?s happened, they are cheerful, optimistic even, that a new future can be had. Strain says if he had a pocketful of money, he?d be building. It?s time, he says.
Many of the out-of-town developers, the Tuscany crowd, have left. But these architects are still here.
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