Due to a recent comment on an old post of mine about the Imperial Palace in Las Vegas, I just learned that the Imperial Palace is no more. Apparently, it is now The Quad Resort and Casino. This is one of the dumbest things I have ever heard.
It’s been since Labor Day in 2011 that I’ve been to Las Vegas, so I don’t know when this happened. However, I do know that I don’t like it.
The Quad? That isn’t a name for a casino. That’s a green space on a college campus where kids hangout. I know the Imperial Palace was getting a bit run down and maybe the name wasn’t associated with good things anymore, but it was associated with an older, cooler Las Vegas. The Quad is just dumb.
I don’t know if this means that they’re ripped up the old Imperial Palace. Are the Dealertainers still there? Frankly, I don’t know all what this means. I’m suspicious, though. The Imperial Palace might have been a bit trashy, but I loved the place. I loved staying there when I went to Las Vegas. I don’t know if I’ll ever want to stay at the Quad. Maybe if it’s the cheapest, since it is located in a good spot, but I’m not sure if that’s what they were going for here.
This is just another unwelcome change to what I know and love about Las Vegas. The Stardust is gone, many things are gone. Frankly, too much is gone. At some point, I might not want to go to Las Vegas anymore so I don’t have to be sad when I don’t even recognize the place anymore.
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