I'm a planning master's student, and I'm planning a Spring Break vacation to Las Vegas, largely because I am a fan of desert landscapes, the Rat Pack, and Hunter S. Thompson. But before booking any plane tickets or hotel rooms, I started looking around online for info about Las Vegas's urban history. Of the opinions I read, it seems like many planners and architects found the place unbearable, either because they found it too artificial or because they thought it wasn't friendly to pedestrians.
So, I'm curious to find out if any of you, who think about cities all the time, have gone to Vegas, and what your feelings about it were. Is the city fun enough to override the fact that it is so artificial? Or did the planning problems that exist there dampen the fun? It would help me figure out whether to take my trip somewhere else.
If there is an old thread on this subject, please let me know.