One of the places in the US that most epitomizes the fact that we are constantly rebuilding and recycling landmarks is Las Vegas. Landmark hotels that were places some of the most famous people of all time stayed and played are destroyed to put up newer, larger hotels to attract visitors. MGM built a new hotel in Vegas called Harmon Tower that has had a bunch of issues crop up during its build.
The first major issue was that the hotel had been planned to be 47 stories tall. In 2008, those plans were cut back after it was discovered by inspectors that a steel reinforcement had been improperly placed. That massive oversight on someone's part meant that the hotel had to be cut back to 26 stories. The sad part is the hits to the building didn’t stop there.
After the 26-story tower was finished, it was discovered on another inspection by an engineering firm that the structure might not withstand a large earthquake. That meant that the hotel could not open at all without repairs demanded by the city being made. Now MGM Resorts wants to fill the building with explosives and blow it up. The contractor of the Harmon Tower hotel says it can fix the issue. MGM Resorts wants to blow the building up badly enough that it has gone to court to let the judge decide if Harmon Tower gets the fix or the boom.
[via USA Today]