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Everyday Las Vegas
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AIR DATE: July 18, 2013

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Rex J. Rowley, author of "Everyday Las Vegas"

John L. Smith, columnist, Las Vegas Review-Journal

James P. Reza, "Ask a Native" columnist, Las Vegas Seven

BY MARIE ANDRUSEWICZ -- When speaking of certain city dwellers, the term “local” is often used pejoratively (as in yokel).

Rex Rowley, author of “Everyday Las Vegas” grew up in Sin City, where he says the native vs. tourist divide is especially stark, and  the word "local" is used frequently. But it doesn’t have the same negative connotation as it does in other tourist hubs.

“Why is that word used more in Las Vegas than in Orlando or D.C., where there are also outsiders living there?” asks Rowley. He thinks it's because of the gambing, the glitz, and other factors that make the city "special."

“Las Vegas has a sense of normalcy, but it’s kind of on steroids,” he says.

He also points out that Las Vegas has always and only been a tourist town.

“Orlando was a city, maybe not a big city or a great one, before it became Disney,” says Rowley.  But he says, Las Vegas was always a city for visitors so the local vs. tourists distinction is just ingrained. “The gaming culture is what put Vegas on the map to begin with.”

 

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    COMMENTS:
    Your interview didn't really answer the question of what makes Vegas such a unique and fun place to live. I recently moved here from SoCal and one of the things that I like most is the abundance of quality entertainment and restaurant options - on or off the Strip - and the ease of getting places. SoCal probably has as many options, but between the distances and the traffic, it's hard to take advantage of them. Combine all that with Vegas' low cost of living, and I don't think it can be beat.
    MartieJul 19, 2013 10:30:14 AM
    I was born in Vegas, along with my mother, my grandfather and my great grandfather; needless to say, we've (I've) been around for a while. I feel that holding that title is a foundation of privilege, and people who transplant who call themselves "natives" rub me wrong. Am I alone in thinking this? Have I created some sort of ownership in this town that seems worth defending? I know this comes from hearing stories from my great grandmother who weeks before he passing exclaimed that "They have ruined my desert".
    Justin HowardJul 18, 2013 09:39:10 AM
    We moved here ten yrs ago and I have considered myself a local right from the start. I love it here and would never live any where else. when the realtor showed us different areas to live she said when you live here you will never go down to the strip, well I go to the strip at least once a month I love to shop down there I love to watch the fountains at Bellagio. I just love it here
    JaneJul 18, 2013 09:37:55 AM
    The weather in Las Vegas is part of the life experience of being a local. I have lived here for more than 7 years but I come from the northeast where not every day is sunshine. People hear want and expect the sun all the time. I myself find the same weather of any type unbearable. Rain, snow and clouds are part of "normal" life in many other places in the United States. I hope Mr. Rowley acknowledges, if he lives now in the mid-west, that life in Vegas comes with an expectation of sun. Other than Phoenix, other big US cities are not this way. "Locals" don't know how to drive in the rain here. Evidence of this is the fact that on any given rainy day in LV there are 3 times the number of traffic accidents than on a typical sun-filled, typical "easy" driving conditions day in LV. Just an observation. But I have found to be true.
    Calista AlanJul 18, 2013 09:36:29 AM
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