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Fremont Street Experience: the Unhappiest Place on Earth

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Illustration: Ryan Olbrysh

When did Las Vegas become the small town in Footloose? Now comes news that our city council is attempting to ban giant Hula-Hoops on the Fremont Street Experience. Why? Because they’re a public disruption. Bear in mind, this is the same Fremont Street Experience where the city has for years been battling to prevent free speech, including street performers, political speeches, vendors and oh, so much more. What’s perhaps saddest about all this is that the general response by Las Vegans has been, “There are giant Hula-Hoops there?” Our city has been so busy trying to legislate what is essentially a public forum that they’ve lost sight of the fact that most residents don’t even think about the Fremont Street Experience, much less go there. And why? Because it just isn’t much fun anymore. Sure, the city’s got the tourist dollar, but look how well that’s been going lately. If the city truly wants to scare off fun, enjoyment and free speech, why not just pass an ordinance labeling the FSE “The Unhappiest Place on Earth”? Then we’ll just wait for Kevin Bacon to wander into town and stage a Hula-Hoop flash mob.

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