Greetings from the Imperial Palace, courtesy of hotel wifi! As expected, the surrounding area is pretty much a construction zone. Everything is being demolished or being prepped for demolition/renovation. Between Harrahs and the IP, a dreaded pedestrian construction barrier-walkway has been erected. The old liquor store, camera store, and Ghirardelli's buildings are being completely torn down. The Carnival Court is operating as usual. Inside the IP, a lot of renovation preliminaries have just begun. As you walk in the IP's front doors, the entire area to your right as been ripped up and blocked up with an aluminum barrier. Construction materials are piled up in the blocked off area (you can see in through the old lounge's glass windows which are not yet blocked). The old karaoke stage area on the 3rd floor of the casino is torn out and an ugly mess sits in its place. The back areas of the casino are devoid of any gaming machines. The O'Shea's parking garage is being imploded May 1st. My room overlooks the IP pool, and the entire front of the parking garage that faces the IP is covered with a series of black tarps. Obviously to prevent it from being too much of an eyesore as it's being prepped for demolition. As for the land east of Harrah's/IP/Flamingo, it's a dirty ripped-up construction zone. Winnick Avenue (the old connector between the IP and Koval) is completely gone. Deep trenches are dug everywhere and construction vehicles & materials are strewn about. Only a narrow north/south alleyway provides an exit from behind the construction nightmare. After tomorrow, I probably won't return to center-strip until this nightmare of demolition, renovation, and rebuilding is done next year. I hate vacationing anyplace that's under construction, and it has only just begun here. Next stop, downtown! Which is also undergoing major renovations. Wheee!