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Introducing Downtown & Fremont St

When the Strip feels lonely, you can always go downtown. The city's original quarter has long been preferred by serious gamblers who feel that faux volcanoes are beneath them. The smoky, low-ceilinged casinos have hardly changed over the years – but a 'downtown renaissance' kicked off by ex-mayor Oscar B Goodman is certainly shifting the landscape. Recent additions to the burgeoning neighborhood include the new Mob Museum, the sustainably built Smith Center for the Performing Arts, and a range of ethnic eateries, bistros and craft cocktail bars. Of course, there's no shame in coming down for the Fremont Street Experience, a vibrant, open-air pedestrian mall with nightly light shows that converted downtown Las Vegas from an eyesore into a tourist attraction in the '90s. After all, if you don't experience downtown for yourself, you can't claim to know what Old Vegas is really all about: diehard gambling, cheap booze and lotsa free entertainment.