From Vegas Rex:
Homelessness is yet another skeleton in the closet of Vegas.
Las Vegas has an estimated 13,000 homeless people, which for a city of 560,000, makes us #1 per capita in the USA.
D.C. comes in a distant per-capita second at 6,000 homeless (at 581,000 people), and in 2007, Nevada as a whole had the second highest homeless population per-capita, trailing only the city of Washington DC.
This is something that you donâ€™t see in the slick promotional ads.
Now, I get crap quite often for writing about these things.
â€œTourists donâ€™t want to see the gloom and doom side of Vegas.â€
Perhaps the critics are right, but this is every bit as â€œrealâ€ a part of Las Vegas as the glimmering casinos. You can get the slick, shiny s**t in ten thousand other places, but if you want to see what goes on behind the facade, the choices narrow significantly.
This is where I sometimes come in â€¦ to the chagrin of many.
This is the truth, and this is whatâ€™s real. I like the beautiful side of Las Vegas as much as the next person, but Iâ€™m not a promotional arm of the city. In addition to the Blackjack tables, swimming pools, strip clubs, and shows â€¦ this is exactly what I see on a daily basis living here.