Excess and innovation

Part of the underground tunnel during a tour of the Boring Co. Convention Center Loop in Las Vegas, Nevada, in April 2021.
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Time Magazine JULY 20, 2021 6:33 AM EDT

New casinos, new restaurants and an Elon Musk–developed tunnel system are among the exciting developments that are part and parcel of Las Vegas’ post-pandemic rebound. A major addition to the city’s casinos is Resorts World Las Vegas, which opened in late June and comprises three hotels, a hawker-style food court and the theater hosting Carrie Underwood’s residency. In Vegas’ west suburbs, Al Solito Posto is a newly debuted upscale-but-old-school Italian joint that serves elevated iterations of eggplant and chicken parmigiana, lasagna and, for dessert, pie-size rainbow cookies. But—despite the fanfare for other openings—it’s Musk’s innovation that is receiving the most attention. The 1.7-mile tunnel—the brainchild of Musk’s Boring Co.—opened in June to transport visitors between facilities at the city’s sprawling Convention Center. The chariots: Teslas, of course. —Matt Villano