Ask any star of popular culture who’s endured their ‘moment of shame’: reputations are hard to shake. Cities, though, are usually many things to many people. A cornucopia of diversity from gritty emerging neighborhoods with artist-led gentrification to glitzy districts renowned for haute couture or gastronomy. Barcelona may have a reputation for pickpocketing, but its embarrassment of cultural riches, its beaches, and balmy weather, soon put petty criminals to the back of the mind.
The ‘entertainment capital of the world’ is different. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Its reputation stays longer. Stag parties to high rollers, eloping lovebirds to drunken partygoers, it’s the city that feels like an eternal festival, and one easily pigeonholed by anyone the slightest familiar with Sin City. Slots, poker and debauchery; bright lights to the scorching sun; sleepless nights; and fat Elvis.