I just returned from a 3 day trip to Vegas. I go twice a year, and generally always love it. This trip however, left me a little bit sad. In a nutshell, it seems like Vegas has lost alot of its Vegas. What I mean by that, is that the magical feel I used to get going there has been fading. As I looked out of my room at Ballys, I had a perfect view up the strip. The flashing neon lights that used to light up the strip are gone in lieu of solid signs/lighting designs. The quirky themed properties have been demolished, and the ones still standing have been gutted of their theme in favor of neutral themes. City Center as a whole represents everything I try to get away from when I come to Vegas. The blandness belongs in the middle of downtown LA, not Vegas. Yet it seems everything new is going in that direction. I really hope something gives and some of what made me fall in love with Vegas makes a comeback at some point.