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Main Strip U.S.A.

By Chuckmonster on Sunday, 18th September 2005 11:03am
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The Strip is one of the grandest and most implausible pedestrian streets in America, packed curb to curb at midnight and in 110-degree temperatures. What matters here is not blocks and addresses but attractions the Manhattan skyline at one end, Treasure Island at the other, and Paris, Venice and Imperial Rome in between. You can circle the globe in two hours for the price of a liter of bottled water.

Like most of the city, the Strip is explicitly and relentlessly theatrical, with the sidewalks serving as stages, the small foreground buildings as sets and the hotels as overscaled backdrops which may explain why many of them are so banal architecturally. The play's the thing; who cares what backstage looks like?



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