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Harmon Corridor - The New "Hip Strip"


Las Vegas was about to get a second Strip. The following article was written in 2006 before all the project cancellations.

When complete, The Harmon Corridor will be a very hip, walkable urban environment, specifically catering to the Nuevo-riche. Condos, resorts, casinos, shops and nightclubs will be springing up along the corridor's 2.5 miles.   

The Las Vegas Strip can't really expand further, linearly. McCarran Airport rides its east border (south of the Mandalay Bay) and the Stratosphere anchors the north end surrounded by established neighborhoods. The Strip's current 4 miles is too long now to be comfortably walkable.  The solution to this is a new Strip which intersects the existing one. When complete, the Harmon Corridor will be 2.5 miles long. It will be anchored by the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino at one end and the Rio at the other. It will intersect the Strip at the Planet Hollywood and meander through MGM MIRAGE's CityCenter.

There are many elements regarding the infrastructure of the Harmon Corridor project. Building a bridge across I-15, was completed in early 2005. Realigning Harmon closer to the Jockey Club (with a diagonal intersection at the Strip) is funded by MGM/Mirage and is under construction. Building a rail-road intersection at Valley View Road then extending Harmon north to Flamingo Road (near the Rio) is in the final planning stages.

Meanwhile, various developers are snatching up land all along Harmon Ave. There are already 14 new major projects; six of them currently under construction and three open for business.



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 Under Construction/Complete (from east to west)
  • Signature at MGM Grand
  • Marriott's Grand Chateau (open)
  • Planet Hollywood Towers
  • The Cosmopolitan
  • MGM's CityCenter
  • Panorama (2 of 3 towers open)
  • Palms expansion (complete)
  • Palms Place (complete)
  • The Hard Rock Expansion
 Planned  (from east to west)
  • Alexis Park expansion
  • Las rambles (Centra/Related)
  • Africa Israel project
  • W Hotel (Starwood)
  • FX Luxury's Elvis Resort
  • CityView (mixed use)
  • Station's VIVA project
  • V E G A S 8 8 8
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