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Urban wizard visits Vegas, magically narrows the Strip

Urban thinker David Yoon from the Narrow Streets blog came to Vegas and loved it. Embraced the Strip, its exuberant fakery, all that. One thing bugged him, though: Sure, the Strip casinos were meant to be seen from cars, but what about giving the pedestrians some love? As he often does, he gave the Strip a digital makeover:

That's why I've always been confused by the mind-boggling width of the Strip itself, which at around ten lanes seems to be stubbornly preoccupied with almighty transport as its main function—on paper. It's as if the city planners are still in denial about what the Strip really is: a huge adult amusement park and pedestrian haven for tourists from all over the world, all strolling up and down nursing their yard-long margaritas dangling from souvenir lanyards. Amusement parks don't have freeways running through them. So why not make the Strip feel more like the Disneyland of Sin that it is?

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As a longtime journalist in Southern Nevada, native Las Vegan Andrew Kiraly has served as a reporter covering topics as diverse as health, sports, politics, the gaming industry and conservation. He joined Desert Companion in 2010, where he has helped steward the magazine to become a vibrant monthly publication that has won numerous honors for its journalism, photography and design, including several Maggie Awards.