December 14, 2009, 9am PST
Despite geologic barriers and in the face of scientific advice, huge infrastructure projects of the 20th century brought water to the arid Southwest and fueled the growth of a megaregion.
December 9, 2009, 5am PST
This essay from Places looks at the history of development in Las Vegas and how the city has rapidly changed the Mojave Desert.
December 1, 2009, 12pm PST
Vegas' CityCenter, designed by a handful of notable architects, may be Vegas' first walkable, urban development, complete with LEED Gold Certification.
November 27, 2009, 1pm PST
The $8.5 billion CityCenter mega project is set to open next week in Las Vegas. Many say it's likely to be the last major project in the struggling city for years.
The Philadelphia Inquirer
November 14, 2009, 11am PST
Over forty years, the federal government exploded almost a thousand nuclear warheads under the Nevada desert. Radiation leeched into the aquifers, in a region with a growing population and a water crisis.
November 12, 2009, 11am PST
Developers and locals in Las Vegas are pinning hopes onto the new CityCenter development to bring walkability to the desert city.
October 25, 2009, 5am PDT
The problems facing urban America can be exemplified by looking at the city of Las Vegas, according to this piece from the Brookings Institution's Mark Muro.
October 9, 2009, 12pm PDT
Planners from Phoenix, Denver, Salt Lake City, and Reno met this week to discuss plans for high-speed rail between their cities, since they've been left off the map of potential corridors to be funded by the stimulus package.
September 25, 2009, 8am PDT
A community of hundreds of people live beneath the glitz of the Las Vegas Strip in flood control tunnels.
September 18, 2009, 11am PDT
Federal authorities recently announced $45 million in support of plans to construct a magnetic levitation train line between Las Vegas and Southern California, re-igniting a debate over two proposed rail connections.
September 9, 2009, 8am PDT
Formerly thought to be recession-proof, the tourist mecca of Las Vegas is taking a hard hit during the current economic recession.
August 8, 2009, 1pm PDT
Willingness to default on home loans has been found to increase in ZIP codes with high foreclosure rates, leaving foreclosure-heavy Las Vegas in danger.
July 27, 2009, 5am PDT
The supply of housing in Las Vegas is at a three-year low, a fact many attribute to prospectors buying up low-priced foreclosures in recent months.
July 21, 2009, 9am PDT
Cities in the Southwest are drying up. With less water to go around, water-intensive plantings like vast lawns are becoming an environmental faux pas. Now some cities are compensating residents for getting rid of them.
July 7, 2009, 7am PDT
Las Vegas will now be included in plans for California's high speed rail network, according to the Department of Transportation.
June 1, 2009, 5am PDT
Josh Stephens reviews two biographies of cities, <em>The Dallas Myth: The Making and Unmaking of An American City</em> and <em>Reno’s Big Gamble: Image and Reputation in the Biggest Little City</em>.
May 17, 2009, 11am PDT
Las Vegas and Southern Nevada are chock-full of planned communities. The region is also struggling with some of the harshest declines in property values in the nation. Though planned communities are seeing some sales, they are mainly in trouble.
May 11, 2009, 10am PDT
In 2006, Las Vegas was one of the fastest growing cities in the country. Today, that booming metropolis is crumbling and can't maintain its infrastructure. A new documentary from Current.tv takes a look at Sin City today.
May 1, 2009, 6am PDT
The $8.5 billion CityCenter casino complex designed for the Las Vegas Strip had been stalled over financial issues between two of the funders, but now an agreement has been reached and the mega project is set to complete on time.
April 15, 2009, 9am PDT
The Southern Nevada Water Authority is officially opposing the residential use of gray water, arguing that it diminishes the replenishment of Lake Mead and, ironically, discourages water conservation.