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America's Secret Airline Flies Non-Stop To Area 51

You can see Janet airplanes at several airports throughout the U.S. You can hear them on air traffic control. You can fly one in Microsoft Flight Simulator X. But you can’t buy a ticket on a Janet flight, and the people who fly on Janet flights can’t tell you, or even their families, what they do for work. It is… » 8/12/15 7:45pm 8/12/15 7:45pm

Watch Las Vegas' Population Boom As Its Primary Water Source Drains

Among the many criticisms of cities during this epic drought is the idea that maybe not so many humans should live in deserts. But nowhere has more fingers pointed at it than Las Vegas. This visualization shows just how much Vegas relies on its man-made water system: As Vegas sprawls, Lake Mead sputters to its… » 6/02/15 8:12pm 6/02/15 8:12pm

The Secret History of the Most Famous Neon Sign in the World

Much like the I Heart NY logo or the Hollywood Sign, the sign welcoming visitors to Las Vegas was not meant as a grand gesture when it was conceived. What was a simple act of civic self promotion—an ad, really—became a piece of public art and eventually an icon in the public domain, plastered on fuzzy dice and shot… » 4/22/15 3:30pm 4/22/15 3:30pm

The fascinating underworld living in flood channels beneath Las Vegas

Around 400 people live inside the flood channels underneath Las Vegas and it's such a fascinating underworld that is so different from the neon-lit indulgence and styrofoam opulence that Sin City is known for. Matthew O'Brien has been visiting the community for 12 years and takes a tour of it in this video. » 3/27/15 10:05am 3/27/15 10:05am

Amazing aerial photos show Las Vegas like you have never seen it before

After capturing the most amazing images of New York ever, Vincent Laforet is using the same technology to photograph other major cities around the world. This is Las Vegas. The results are even crazier than NYC—with this unprecedented clarity and from this vantage point, Sin City looks like the world of Tron. Unreal. » 2/10/15 4:11am 2/10/15 4:11am

This Car and Bike Sharing App Picks The Best Transit Mode For Your Trip

There's one problem with many car and bike sharing programs: By the time you've decided where to go, you're already locked into a transportation mode. You're either waiting for a cab to pick you up, making your way to a kiosk of bikes, or unlocking a nearby ZipCar. What if you could tell an app what you needed to do… » 12/04/14 12:58pm 12/04/14 12:58pm

You Can't Build a City Like a Startup: What the Downtown Project Missed

At the CityLab summit in LA yesterday—right about the time that Tony Hsieh's Downtown Project was supposedly laying off a third of its staff—I was having a conversation with a young, excitable urbanist who was heading to Vegas to see the Zappos CEO's $350 million instant neighborhood in the city's revitalized downtown… » 10/01/14 5:45pm 10/01/14 5:45pm

This Giant "Straw" Will Suck Vegas's Water From the Desert

Las Vegas gets 90 percent of its water from Lake Mead, the lake created by the Hoover Dam about 45 miles away. It’s also a lake that’s only half full—with water levels that are decreasing every year. Now the city must dig a massive tunnel that will dip deeper into the lake to ensure Las Vegas’s water supply doesn’t… » 6/12/14 6:40pm 6/12/14 6:40pm

Vegas Is Tearing Down This Empty Hotel That Never Opened

If you've visited Vegas anytime since 2009, you've likely seen the empty hotel. It doesn't have any signage; instead, it is often swaddled in ads, like the world's priciest billboard—a bloated Cirque du Soleil-wrapped blue whale hovering over the Strip for four lonely years. Now a court ruling is finally putting the… » 5/08/14 4:41pm 5/08/14 4:41pm

Build For Locals and Tourists Will Come: Vegas's Plan for Its Downtown

Between the Downtown Project's area and the Arts District is the new Las Vegas City Hall, a gleaming mirage of a building surrounded by a forest of photovoltaics. This is where the city leadership moved after it leased its old City Hall to Tony Hsieh's company Zappos—a move that you can't help but imbue with some… » 1/13/14 11:30am 1/13/14 11:30am