Las Vegas, NV: Zones of Thesis

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A perfect example of this new wave is another project on the new 'South Strip,' which also broke ground in July 2006, Urban Village. Urban Village will be a 50-acre, $1.5 billion project of brownstones, lofts, condo hotel units, and flats" (Las Vegas area and city statistics, demographics, and trends, 2009, Appraisers of Las Vegas.). Land use in general has increasingly serviced the luxury tourism market, rather than residential areas, which may partially account for the high crime rate -- many people with few ties to the area pass through Las Vegas. But residential and tourist housing areas have been increasingly blurred, often occupying the same physical spaces, not just the same neighborhoods.

Las Vegas thus has a rather eccentric pattern of sociological development that undercuts traditional zones of transition theory, which suggests that between the central business district and outer rings of working-class and middle-class urban residences, there will often be poorer, crime-ridden housing areas known as the inner city "inhabited by the poor, ethnic minorities, and socially deviant groups" that will eventually be displaced by development (Marshall 1998).
Las Vegas' higher crime areas tend to be in the Central Business District, because of the type of clientele attracted by the gaming industry and the presence of a strong nightlife, not an off-center 'inner city.' Because of urban planning, wealthier residences are being injected into the central area of Las Vegas, as they are attached to casinos and other attractions. Crimes of property are on the rise everywhere, likely because of the large transient population of the city, and crime in general is not limited to a highly concentrated zone.

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