Friday, July 23, 2010

Las Vegas Urbanization (1984-2009)

Yes, this is Vegas! A little discussion about it here.

ps1. Would you call it 'urban sprawl' ?

ps2. the historic of rooms and tourists in Vegas here.

Source: NASA images by Jesse Allen and Robert Simmon, based on Landsat 5 data from the USGS Global Visualization Viewer. Caption by Michon Scott.


Anonymous said...

what i think is really interesting is to see lake meade (i think the lake on the right bottom is lake meade) shrink

Ben Irwin said...

I love the blog and a great post on non-tourist development in Vegas.

Interestingly enough, the late 80's saw the birth of explosive development as a result of diversification oriented economic city policy, an attempt to expand growth outside just tourism. Ex: New legislation removing corporate or individual income tax.. as your graphic demonstrates, it worked

Anonymous said...

The Lake Mead effect is more a result of global warming than sprawl. In 1999, sprawl was well underway but the spillways of the Hoover Dam was opened for only the third time in the Dam's history. The lake had too much water!

Also, much of the water is claimed by Arizona and California. Nevada has a small claim established long before the region's growth.

Urban Demographics said...

About the lake: my guess would be the months when the pictures were taken...

Ben thanks for the complement.

Rich said...


I currently live in Las Vegas. Unfortunately, the changes in the lake are not the result of the months when the picture was taken.

The result is related to increased usage. The lake, which is manmade (Hoover Dam), is part of the Colorado River. Las Vegas draws the majority of its water from the river. Add several dry years, and the entire body of water is very different from when my family first moved here.

All my best,