Welcome to Las Vegas Sign, Las Vegas, Nevada


Because this class studies two very dynamic cities which are constantly changing, the class itself varies each year.  We come to Vegas and LA in 2010 two years after a real estate bubble burst and financial meltdown.  Vegas has been particularly hard-hit, with over 10% of homes in default on their mortgage, a gigantic 8 Billion dollar casino-hotel-condo project in the center of the strip (City Center) which has neared bankruptcy on several occassions, dramatically affected its parent company MGM's stock and which currently has sold 100 of its 2500 condos.  LA (which is in reality a conglomeration of 88 smaller towns and cities attached to an LA downtown) sits in a state with a fantastically huge budget deficit, serious immigration issues, and a significant exiting of US citizens to other states.  Yet Vegas continues to be an icon for American hope and adventurous living, and LA continues to be a dynamic center of American creativity and ingenuity. 


Schedule for the Course 2010:


May 16th  Arrive in Vegas by air.  Gustafson picks you up at airport, or you take shuttle to South Point Casino.  (We will be at the South Point Sunday-Thursday)


mMay 17 10am  Ron Smith

            230 Harrahs


tMay 18 Las Vegas

            930 AM Mayor Oscar Goodman

            11am Venetian

            3pm World Market Building C  Andrew Maiden 888 416 8600


wMay 19 Las Vegas

            Bank in Suburbs 9am

            Redrock Casino11am

            John Obrien (Creighton Alum) 7pm



thMay 20 Las Vegas 9am Zappos

            Wynn  and Encore Chris 12-2

fMay 21 Hoover

Boulder City Mayor of Boulder City

Solar 1

Joshua Tree Park (camping)


sMay 22 Los Angeles (Anaheim/downtown)

            Palm Desert


Stay At Anaheim Plaza Hotel by Disneyland

sMay 23 Los Angeles

            Downtown Cathedral/Homeboy           

            Travel to coast, go via Malibu to Ventura

(Stay in Ventura in Beach Hotel—visit blueberry farm)


mMay 24 Ventura-LA

            845 am Patagonia,  Elissa Loughman

10am Rick Cole City Manager, Ventura

1pm  Kent Smith, Fashion District downtown LA

2pm Los Angeles—American Apparel

Stay at Motel 6 in Hollywood. (Check out Hollywood Strip that night)


tMay 25 Los Angeles (Hollywood)

            11am Visit: The Outfit Visual Effects1612 W. Olive Ave. Suite 302 Burbank

office phone: 818-237-5052   cell: 818-644-0783

            3-4 DownTown L.A. w/Hal 626 Wilshire Blvd Suite 200 (hope/Wilshire)

            4:30 Chamber of Commerce

            Stay Downtown LA hotel.


wMay 26

            LA Live


            Go to Las Vegas


Th May 27 Las Vegas

Friday May 28 Las Vegas

Sat Go home!