The “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign is so famous that its burned-out bulbs are sold as souvenirs. This popularity, however, has created a traffic hazard. Shutterbug tourists pull off of the street and run across several lanes of traffic to get to the Jetson-esque icon so that they can pose in front of it for photos.
Not for much longer. Local bureaucrats have okayed a plan to give the sign its own parking lot. Construction will reportedly be complete by Thanksgiving — plenty of time to celebrate the sign’s 50th birthday in 2009 — and will cost 100 times what it cost to design the sign in the first place.
Las Vegas’s finances are screwy, but its intentions are good. And they’ve set a laudable precedent. There are other interesting signs in Nevada, and roadside tourists would cheer if they got their own parking lots.
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