General06 Dec 2008 02:04 pm

credit: Daniel Terdiman/CNET

An excellent piece on National Public Radio about the homeless population in Las Vegas ran the other day. A majority live in storm sewers directly beneath the casinos on and around the Strip.

Matt O’Brien, editor of the free weekly paper Las Vegas CityLife spent a lot of time in these tunnels and even wrote a book about them: Beneath the Neon: Life and Death in the Tunnels of Las Vegas. NPR featured O’Brien this week. Link below.

I had originally seen the CNET gallery a year or so ago when I first heard about the book. I found the NPR piece when I heard about the practice of “silver mining” or looking in casinos for machine with unused credits. It’s a better paying version of checking telephone or vending machine coin returns. According to some homeless guys in the NPR bit, it can be hard to do though. Worth the read.

credit: Daniel Terdiman/CNET

You can listen to the 8 minute piece or read it.

NPR: Sucked into the tunnels beneath Las Vegas

CNET: Gallery of Las Vegas tunnels

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