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Downtown Las Vegas Development: All Dressed Up and No Place To Go
A gay Ohio businessman who hopes to open a
drag-themed nightclub in downtown Las Vegas claims management-level
representatives of Neonopolis and the Fremont Street Experience have
separately discriminated against him because of his sexual orientation
and the nature of his business.
Representatives from both organizations last week
denied such claims.
Donald Troxel has spent the past few months trying
to open a Las Vegas version of his Celebrity Show and Dance Club, a
popular late-night venue he owns and operates in Dayton, Ohio.
Las Vegas city leaders have expressed faith that
such a club could boost traffic and tax revenue within the struggling
downtown area, but so far, Troxel’s efforts have met only disappointment
"I tell everyone these people (who oppose his plan)
need to get their heads out of that tunnel," Troxel said Jan. 14 as he
gestured toward Fremont Street’s four-block-long lighted canopy. "We
know we could bring a lot of money to downtown."
Troxel points out that his Ohio club’s upscale
music and entertainment offerings draw roughly 4,000 customers per week
from areas across the Midwest. He’s confident his array of female
impersonators, drag revues and late-night dance amenities would quickly
catch on in Southern Nevada, where he said similar gay-friendly
attractions are largely unavailable.
But finding the right place to put that business
has been problematic despite multiple vacancies in the downtown area, he
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