Arbitrage Las Vegas: A Portrait of Urban Games

By Maria Del C. Vera and Susanna Newbury.

Published by Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies

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Published online: April 21, 2016 $US5.00

This article surveys the convergence of real estate development and logics of gaming in the city of Las Vegas, Nevada. Using the key concepts of land arbitrage, gaming economies, and “venture urbanism,” it examines three modes of urban expansion, shrinkage, and stagnation of cities today. The first is the initial demarcation of land to assign market value in open landscapes. The second is the institution of legal mechanisms used to regulate or deregulate land usage, building codes, and taxes. The third is the contemporary substitution of gaming logics for urban planning processes that result in rapidly changing physical, architectural, and economic contexts. Using the city of Las Vegas as its focus, the article points both at historical precedents and contemporary actors reshaping urbanity on a local level with global implications.

Keywords: Gaming Logic, Land Arbitrage, Gaming Economy

Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, Volume 7, Issue 2, June 2016, pp.45-52. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: April 21, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 944.191KB)).

Maria Del C. Vera

Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, University of Nevada Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Dr. Susanna Newbury

Assistant Professor, Department of Art, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA