I’ve got a new occasional paper up. This one is a print distillation of RJ Rowley’s excellent Colloquium talk:
Rex J. Rowley. “Where the Locals Play: Neighborhood Casino Landscapes in Las Vegas”
ABSTRACT: Neighborhood casinos—gaming properties that target a primarily local market—are an influential feature on the Las Vegas cultural landscape. Such institutions reveal a number of geographical patterns that have important implications in gaming and place studies. The distinguishing characteristics of neighborhood casinos underscore the importance of proximity to a market, a focus that is evident in their advertising strategies. Additionally, the prominence of such casino-resorts within their respective neighborhoods makes them important symbols and indicators of the character of the surrounding community. These unique institutions teach lessons that can potentially be extrapolated to other gaming markets around the country.
Keywords: gambling, gaming, market proximity, cultural landscape, symbolic landscape
View the paper here (pdf)
via UNLV Center for Gaming Research: Occasional Paper Series.
Give it a read–it’s a very informative discussion of how locals casinos evolved and how they fit into contemporary Las Veags.
Today I was fortunate to hear one of the best Gaming Colloquium talks we’ve had in a while: RJ Rowley talking about locals casinos in Las Vegas. Here’s the info you need:
26-January 25, 2011
RJ Rowley, Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Platteville
“Neon Beyond the Neon: The Geography of Locals Casinos”
In this talk, Rowley discusses his research into the origins of the locals casino phenomenon in Las Vegas. Locals casinos, which cater primarily to residents of the city rather than tourists, date from the 1970s and are a characteristic development of the local landscape. Rowley also links the expansion of the locals gaming market with the proliferation of casino gambling across the United States.
Listen to the audio file (mp3)
View flyer (pdf)
UNLV Gaming Podcasts
If I have time before class, I’ll upload his two maps. Otherwise, I’ll do it tomorrow.
This was a great talk, and a wonderful start to 2011 for the podcast series. I’m chasing a few big interviews which will hopefully materialize soon.