May 6, 1991 |
Drive west from the famed casino Strip about five miles, past gas stations and convenience stores, until the desert appears by the road. Keep going until the scenery turns to blue lagoons, soft green turf and a sea of tile roofs. This is the new Las Vegas. On this island of lush suburbia amid the sand and cacti, the country's fastest-growing big city absorbs new arrivals into its sacred myth.