Washington Post

Mandalay Bay embodied everything modern Las Vegas wanted to be - until this week

Yasmina Chavez

LAS VEGAS - The original name was Project Paradise. It was to be a 42-story, billion-dollar resort featuring "an exotic South Seas theme," a swim-up shark exhibit and a trefoil footprint with a facade of gold leaf. By the time it was built on the burial ground of the 11-story Hacienda - an antique family-centric hotel and casino that was imploded on live TV on New Year's Eve 1996 - Project Paradise had been renamed after a British poet's nostalgic (and imperial) ode to the exoticism of south Asia...

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