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    Stay of execution. (Photo by Scott Harrison | Retna)

    Our longish municipal nightmare is nearly over. A judge has finally approved the destruction of CityCenter’s vestigial tail, the Harmon. Except Perini can still appeal, so maybe the implosion will be dragged through the courts for a few more years. Which is bullshit, because the last implosion in town was the stupid parking garage at O’Sheas and that didn’t nearly quench our building-related bloodlust.


    Stay of execution. (Photo by Scott Harrison | Retna)

    The hilariously drawn-out battle over the Harmon rages on, with construction firm saying it could, for $2 million (instead of $30 million to blow it up) build some sort of somethingorother to hold the building up in case of an extremely unlikely massive earthquake. End result? The Harmon lives for at least another month while Perini and MGM schedule another hearing in their 75-round knockout fight.


    Someone better be setting dynamite like right now. (Photo by Scott Harrison | Retna)

    The courts are totally a tease. A lawsuit between CityCenter and Perini has been gumming up the potential demolition of the Harmon — but good news, ‘splosion fans! The Nevada Supreme Court has made a ruling that clears the way for the Harmon to possibly go the way of the Landmark, Dunes, Sands, Stardust, New Frontier and probably soon, the Fontainebleau. Truly, we live in the golden age of shit gettin’ blowed up. (more…)


    Soon, with 100 percent less Harmon. (Photo by Scott Harrison | Retna)

    Poor, stubby li’l Harmon is one step closer to a one-way ticket to Implosiontown (Pop: Stardust, New Frontier, 2007-8 New York Mets). MGM has applied for approval to implode the Harmon, presumably because they’ll do anything to get people to come on site and hopefully make a stop at Aria. (more…)


    Aria is celebrating that stubby over there won’t be blocking its view for much longer. (Photo by Scott Harrison | Retna)

    The county is demanding that MGM have a plan in place to deal with the Harmon by Aug. 15, because we guess they’re paranoid about those once-every-500-years earthquakes?

    Perini Construction claimed MGM is trying to game the system with their commissioned study, which is probably true, but on the other hand, they’re not the ones who failed to follow blueprints, leading to an empty building 20 stories shorter than it was supposed to be. (more…)


    Once every 500 years, this thing is totally toast.

    We’re not sure what the problem is with the Harmon — it’s not like it’s any more vacant and unvisited than any of the other CityCenter buildings. But MGM had a structural engineer come in and say that in the event of a ferocious earthquake that may or may not happen in a 500-year window, the whole thing could collapse. Shouldn’t this be a problem for the people of Space Vegas to solve 400 years from now? Man, we want to hang out in Space Vegas so bad, you guys. (more…)

    R.I.P. HARMON 2009-2012

    Then again, maybe not.

    An irate Bobby Baldwin and MGM Resorts want to bring down the Harmon, the stubby li’l hotel that couldn’t. The company is waving the white flag that the project won’t be finished as it now stands, but demolition wouldn’t occur until late 2012. That does, we suppose, give them time to figure out something to do with it before the demolitions experts get their greedy little paws on it. We don’t know. It’s pretty tall even at 27 stories. Maybe they could turn it into one of those indoor skydiving places. Or an auxiliary hangar for the space shuttle. (more…)