Plaza's resort fee announcement got me thinking about all of the other recent changes in downtown that many can see as troubling - upscale bars and drink prices, less favorable odds in gambling than in the past, a follow-the-pack mentality that has just about every Fremont casino building outdoor bars and party pits. Is this not mimicking the very things that downtowners avoid the Strip for? Granted, prices are still great, but the corporations seem to be clipping, cutting, charging, and surcharging more and more. If downtown just becomes a scaled-down version of the Strip, will people be inclined to avoid it and start using off-strip properties? Being a regular downtowner, I've already found myself cancelling my reservations there next month in favor of Gold Coast, and will be staying at Bally's in September. The rates were just as low as downtown in August, and even lower in September. What bothers me most is that Oscar Goodman, the biggest champion of downtown, now has his namesake restaurant inside the first major downtown hotel to initiate resort fees. Is this selling out or just the inevitable?