While The Linq may be a good thing for Ceasars and a good thing for Vegas with added jobs it’s not something that remotely interests me. In fact, The Linq will probably push me away from Caesars properties.
I’m not alone in my distaste of tourists and families clogging the strip – especially around Harrah’s Carnival Court area. This project seems as if it will only clog traffic on the east side of the strip even more. The west side of the strip is already more walkable, even with the Bellagio fountains and Cosmopolitan opening. That will probably continue as Linq opens and the draw of something new on the east side of the middle of the strip will bring even more people and do enough to have me avoid the properties.
Heck, it was annoying walking from Planet Hollywood to Bellagio just a few weeks ago with all the tourists stopping for no reason or to take photos. After stopping 5 times or so for people taking pictures my friend decided to try to photo bomb all the tourist to make things interesting. Also of note is that tourists in Vegas don’t stay to the right so you can pass on the left.
I’m a New Yorker – I’m always in a rush to get from point A to point B, even if I don’t have a reason to rush. The people impeding my progress will only grow if Project Linq gets built and I will not deal with them.
So, while Caesars master plan for Linq may appeal to the masses of middle America that like to shop at malls and be seen in crowds I won’t be a part of it. I’m not sure that free rooms and free drinks at the Diamond Lounges will be enough for me to want to deal with people. Odds are my strip fun will go elsewhere when Project Linq is completed.
UPDATE: There’s a Linq press thing happening right now. We’ll see what comes from it.