Downtown is still (as of last visit a couple years ago) my home. As far as I'm concerned, the strip actually seemed more "grimy" than DT, last time we stayed. I think this is because downtown is REALLY trying to be clean, while the strip properties are hurting so bad, they don't have the $$$ to allocate resources to keeping their streets clean, and they have a whole lot more real estate to cover. Seriously, we felt safer outside El Cortez at 2am than we did outside Bally's at 11pm. I agree with ajonate! The strip does need to go back to the old business model, but that still won't be enough. How will the strip casinos pay off their billion dollar mortgages? Simple..... I wouldn't be surprised if Las Vegas legalized marijuana in some sort of fashion. If that were to occur, I have a feeling certain places would embrace the idea, and make plenty of dough. It would be a reason to return to the town that offers something few other places allow. Legalizing prostitution would further that cause (and help some aging DT properties, like say the LVC), but I can't see that ever happening in Vegas in my lifetime at least.