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Sadly, everyone in Las Vegas, the state of Nevada, and the country, was touched in some way by October 1, 2017.

The 1 October Memorial Design Team Exhibit, featuring five design concepts for a permanent memorial to remember those who perished in the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival tragedy, opened this week in the Clark County Government Center. The public is invited to view the proposed concepts at the Government Center Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  The public can also visit the 1 October Memorial’s Committee’s website to learn more details about each concept.

Clark County’s 1 October Memorial Committee kicked off a three-phase process last summer to garner ideas from public and professional teams for the memorial. The first phase of the process invited the public to submit artwork and ideas.

The second phase began in January when five teams selected by the committee were introduced to the community and began developing formal proposals for the memorial. The teams were asked to review all creative submissions from the public, and encouraged to engage feedback during the design process. “Our committee dedicated many hours of time and effort to ensure that the concepts under consideration for our memorial reflect extensive input from family members of victims, survivors and our community as a whole,” said Clark County Commission Chairman Jim Gibson. “…the design teams involved in this process have taken that direction to heart. These concepts show in vivid detail the power of what this memorial effort means to so many.”  Clark County Commissioner Marilyn Kirkpatrick said the goal was to gather input from the public for a project that would serve as a world-class memorial to remember the events of 1 October, and “celebrate the compassion and resiliency of the Las Vegas community, in the years since.”


Clark County will host a design team presentation on Wednesday, June 14, in Clark County Commission Chambers from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Each team will offer presentations about their proposals. The event will be carried live on Clark County Television (CCTV) and at and on the 1 October Memorial Committee’s Facebook page @1OctoberMemorial.

Following the presentation, the public can take part in a short online community survey. A link to the survey will be on the committee’s website from June 15 – 29. Results  will be incorporated into the evaluation process.  The evaluation scores will be presented to the Committee at its next scheduled meeting on Wednesday, July 26.

The committee’s recommendation is scheduled to be submitted to the County Commission on Tuesday, Sept. 5. The recommended design for the 1 October Memorial project will then be on display in the Rotunda as part of the exhibit to commemorate the 6th anniversary of the tragedy.

The 1 October Memorial Committee began meeting in October 2020.  The goal is to create a memorial that remembers those who perished in the attack at the Route 91 music festival on Oct. 1, 2017, honor the survivors, first responders and many heroes who inspired the nation with their bravery.


MGM Resorts International is donating two acres on the northeast corner of the concert site off Reno Avenue and Giles Street for the memorial. The land was offered after a majority of respondents in a survey gave a clear preference for a memorial to be built at the festival site.

 Members of the 1 October Memorial Committee:

Tennille Pereira, chairwoman of the committee and director of the Vegas Strong Resiliency Center.

Karessa Royce, a 1 October survivor, serving as vice chairwoman.

Mynda Smith, sister of 1 October Victim Neysa Tonks.

Kelly McMahill, a now retired deputy chief for the LVMPD.

Architect Dr. Robert Fielden, who established the UNLV School of Architecture.

Rebecca Holden, public art project manager for the city of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs.

Harold Bradford, a local artist. 

Did Las Vegas Get Too Popular And Too Expensive

It was so popular – and now everyone hates it! Could that be the case for the city of Las Vegas?

Why do people irrationally hate things that are popular? Fortnite, Bands, etc.?  It’s the “popular culture backlash” phenomenon. It is a natural human tendency to reject things that are popular because of a desire to be different or to feel a sense of superiority over others. Some people may view popular culture as too mainstream or lacking any genuine artistic or cultural value. Like those people you went to college with who would say they liked every band’s FIRST album, “before they sold out.”

It’s important to remember that everyone definitely has different tastes and preferences. Our world would be very boring if everyone had the same taste. But it’s also okay to dislike something that is popular, and respect the opinions and choices of others, even if they differ from our own. Hard to believe in the world we live in now – but it’s truly OKAY.

There is also the “just not as good as it used to be” phenomenon. Those things that were, in fact, very popular, but went downhill as soon as they became mainstream.

There’s a thread online talking about all of those everyday things that WERE good, but went downhill as soon as they became mainstream, and popular.

Is Las Vegas one of them? Here are a several “not so cool anymore” things that made the list, in no particular order:


1.  Garage sales, yard sales, and flea markets:  Now that re-selling “vintage” things is hot, the prices for people’s junk has sky-rocketed!

2.  The Food Network:  It used to be a good place to learn new recipes and techniques, but now it’s filled with reality competition shows and over-the-top stuff.  The same goes for a few other cable TV channels.

3.  Youth sports:  They used to be a fun way for kids to try something new, but now they’re super serious . . . time-consuming . . . and “parent-driven.”

4.  Streaming services:  They’re becoming more and more like the cable companies that people originally chose them over.

5.  Voice acting:  It used to be professionals who did amazing work, but now, every animated movie and audiobook has celebrity actors as the voices.


  • Las Vegas!

    Social media comments saying: Las Vegas USED to be a cool place for adults to get away to dress up, get free booze, and maybe win a few bucks. Now, it’s nothing more than a pot-filled circus of naked dancers stepping over people passed out lying in their own pi** and vomit. Forget about an all-you-can-eat steak buffet for $5. You’re lucky if you can get a bottle of water for that.

    Las Vegas too cool

  • Facebook

    I think we can all agree on this one. One person said, “Facebook literally went downhill the minute our parents started to use it.”  Regardless of whose fault it is, Facebook and Twitter have gone from fun amongst friend,  to mostly just people just posting “news” headlines, and making evil, snarky comments.

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  • Music that goes viral on TikTok.

    It used to be TV commercials that “ruined” songs.  Now, people hate the music that’s over-played on social media.

    Las Vegas too cool

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  • Etsy

    It used to be filled with talented people’s unique, handmade items.  Now, so many accounts are just re-selling items they bought at Walmart and Amazon. THAT’S NOT WHAT ETSY IS!!!

    Las Vegas too cool

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  • 6.  Food trucks

    Food trucks used to be cheap, good food. Now that they’re trendy, they’re charging restaurant prices, and it’s just not as novel to get food truck food. But on the flip side –  as trucks have become more popular, the competition intensified, and now some of the food is on par, or even better than some restaurants.

    Las Vegas too cool

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  • Fancy Burgers

    I just want a decent tasting burger that isn’t stacked to the ceiling, and has so many ingredients that I just end up wearing half of it, as that first bite I take squishes the ingredients onto my white shirt! Now I just paid $30 to wear my food.

    Las Vegas too cool

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  • Key West, Florida

    Like Las Vegas, it used to be really cool! Key West used to be a small, quirky, little historic village. Now it’s a cruise ship destination where they dump 6,000 T-shirt shoppers a day on the island. 

    Las Vegas Too Cool

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  • Ride-sharing apps

    Ride sharing services are so expensive now, that it’s really not worth using unless you absolutely have to use them. We used to take them to any event, but now paying for parking is much cheaper in most areas of the country. Throw Las Vegas in this category as well – ride sharing AND parking- not cheap anymore!

    Too cool?

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  • Estate auctions

    Used to be you really had to look hard to find estate sales. Driving several miles and traipsing through the mud to an old barn, or musky auction house to bid on treasures.  Now, it’s all online, and everyone suddenly needs a copper tea kettle from 1975.

    Is it too cool

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