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AIR DATE: August 14, 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).

"Everyday Las Vegas" author Rex Rowley 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:
    Native, kids & locals... I've made the complete circuit. Now I work in a downtown casino & meet the tourists from all over civilization. There are many isolated pockets of our history that were not tourist.
    JohnAug 14, 2013 20:54:30 PM
    I grew up here, and people would ask, "Where do you go to school? In a casino?" My dad's a minister, and people would say, "You have churches in Las Vegas?" And I think I went to elementary school with John L. Smith....
    Martha Blankinship GraingerAug 14, 2013 09:38:31 AM
    This Northern California girl moved here from "Sufferin'" California and find people here much nicer. There's a real small town feel to relationships here.
    Polly CAROLINAug 14, 2013 09:33:30 AM
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