Stratosphere ride proposal rejected again by city council

Posted Thursday, June 6, 2002 8:22 AM | Contributed by bigboy

A proposed thrill ride that pitted downtown residents against the Stratosphere was rejected unanimously Wednesday by the Las Vegas City Council, setting the stage for a legal battle. The council voted 6-0 to deny a site review plan for the 510-foot, 93 mph "amusement device" after saying the project would be unsightly and incompatible with the surrounding neighborhoods.

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Thursday, June 6, 2002 8:23 AM

Wow... 3/4 of the people there were in favor of the ride. That we had not heard before. In all the rhetoric between the two sides it sure isn't clear to me if council was really acting in the best interest of the city or not. Knowing how local municipalities go (I worked for two of them), I'm guessing not.

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Thursday, June 6, 2002 8:30 AM
This cracks me up once again. How dare a city which already is home to a giant circus tent, a monstrous multicolored medieval castle, a glass pyramid with a tower of light coming out of its top, prostitution and the nickname "Sin City" deem an innocent thrill ride "unsightly"!

He let the contents of the bottle do the thinking; can't shake the devil's hand and say you're only kidding.

Thursday, June 6, 2002 9:07 AM
PROSTITUTION!YEA!!!maybe theyll anme a ride after that!lmao!;)

Does anybody have a link to what this ride wouldve looked like at the IAAPA show?

Stop the lawyers, not the rides!

Thursday, June 6, 2002 9:11 AM
Yeah, unsightly. Have they ever took a look around on that end of the strip? It is ghetto. I fear for my life simply walking on the street on that end! I guess the roar from the ride might interfere with all the crack deals going down.......
Thursday, June 6, 2002 9:29 AM

How unfortunate......I think this was a huge opportunity for the Stratosphere to compete with the higher-profile resorts by carving out a niche not yet fully realized in Vegas (in my opinion).....that of an amusement park with multiple world class thrill rides.

I'm waiting for the day when there's a Vegas casino mated to a true coaster park worth a whole day visit...unlike the current setup where a single coaster exists at some casinos....(albeit a couple are very good).

With that said, when you think about it, working capital to build these coasters drives increasing height and speed, and who's got more money than a Vegas casino? Sounds like a perpetual recipe for bigger and better coasters to me....

Thursday, June 6, 2002 10:04 AM
Sounds like the right muffins weren't buttered.

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Thursday, June 6, 2002 10:57 AM

What kind of in bred hick lives in Las Vegas?

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Thursday, June 6, 2002 11:07 AM
Now why does this not surprise me? they failed to win approval the first time around so why would they get it now?
Thursday, June 6, 2002 11:24 AM


Actually I'm not a hick and im surely not an inbreed....

For those of you who dont know...most of what is considered Las Vegas isnt actually within the city limits. The majority of the "Las Vegas Strip" is actually in Clark County which has a separate commision. That is why the majority of our attractions lie in the county, easier to get approved!

The lawyer for the Stratosphere has tried to prove to both the planning commission and the city council that Las Vegas, the municipality, needs more attractions especially since the Tower sits right near the boundary at Sahara Ave.

And Koppman....

That was the point that the Strat wanted to make. That area is not so fabulous, but the more money you pump in to it means the better it will eventually be. There are too many old people down there who are very stubborn. At the last planning commission meeting they were saying that there is no such thing as a quiet roller coaster..........I yelled at the TV, "B&M does it all the time and Intamin is doing it right now!"

Thursday, June 6, 2002 11:47 AM

Stupid people.

Cry me a river stupid residents.

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Thursday, June 6, 2002 11:57 AM

This is the tower's second rejection is as many years. To use an aphorism, the odds are not in their favor. If the tower wastes its time with an expensive appeal process all that will happen is their lawyers will buy their children new Mercedes Benz and nothing resembling a new thrill ride will ever be built.

What the tower needs to do is grit their teeth, slowly pull out the stick that has been shoved up their ass, and consider a new plan for bringing thrill seekers to the tower. $20 million dollars will buy you a lot of coaster and it doesn't necessarily have to be record breaking. Clearly the other venues in Las Vegas have proven that.

Thursday, June 6, 2002 12:01 PM
I don't get it... the tower is already 1000+ feet tall, and that's not including the Big Shot ride at the top. If that's not an eyesore, then what is? Who approved the construction of the tower in the first place... it couldn't have been the same people voting against the coaster now? This seems to me like complaining about the floor being dirty in a house that's burning down... isn't the 500-foot coaster on a 1000-foot tower fairly insignificant and inconsequential, all things considered?
Thursday, June 6, 2002 12:42 PM
If they consider that unsightly, then they would really freak over the Snake bridge that one views when entering downtown Tucson on Broadway Blvd.
Thursday, June 6, 2002 1:21 PM
RememberIdora, a graphic can be seen here (scroll down).

Had this project gone through, it could have easily saved Arrow's butts for now. They've been in financial trouble before, and came out very strong with a wave of suspendeds, hypers and mega loopers.
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Thursday, June 6, 2002 2:11 PM

This is the stupidest thing in the whole world! Let them build the frickin ride you stupid heads!

Thursday, June 6, 2002 3:47 PM
How could it go only 93 mph? If it's 500ft tall?
Thursday, June 6, 2002 4:52 PM
You guys can all say what you want but seriously, look at the picture and tell me that isn't ruining the Vegas Strip. How is the tower an "eyesore" Rob Ascough? The tower was one of those hotels that really started the boom of the city, back then Vegas was willing to approve any hotel as long as it attracted more people and a 1,000 foot tower is quite an attraction. But then you look at the tower with a coaster and you see a tower with a giant fishing hook type thing coming out of the side and that looks like an eyesore to me. Like phyter said, why don't they build a new hypercoaster that uniquely twists and turns around the tower from the bottom and creates something suitable for the hotel that the city will approve.

All they have to do is make it the most impressive coaster on the strip which is not tough with the whole 3 other than there's and one of them not even being a complete circuit. If they beat the other three, they'll draw the crowds, but I have a feeling that people will look at that hook and say, that ride may be tall, but it isn't worth the wait.

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Thursday, June 6, 2002 5:56 PM
I think if that got that ride approved and built it will be cool looking not to mention fun and if the ride would become a success (500 foot drop, no doubt it would) it would mean extra money for the stratosphere meaning they have to pay more taxes to the city of Las Vegas. The city council of vegas must be a group of fat bald 70 year olds who hate thrill rides.

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Thursday, June 6, 2002 6:13 PM
Some of you need to get off the "thrill seeking" mentality and look at it from the other side. I dont know much about this area and definitely dont know the condition of that area, but people live there, whether they own or rent, and have a right to voice their opinions against this project.

I may love coasters but I sure as heck would not want one staring me in the face when I am barbecuing in my yard. If I wanted that , I would move next door to a park. These residents have a right to not want to hear screaming riders every 2 minutes plummeting down a hill.

I am willing to bet the majority of you on this news item that made immature statements and name calling about the residents, dont even own a house. Get back to us when you have real estate and can back up your gripe.

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