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People say goodbye to Riviera before demolition

Posted at 10:58 PM, May 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-21 02:38:34-04
Demolition work is continuing on one of the Las Vegas Strip's older hotels.
Two major implosions are scheduled this summer on the Riviera.
To answer whether people are going to miss it, it might depend on who you ask.
"It probably has history to the people who are native to here," said Ed Wright, a tourist from Arizona. "I would assume tourists didn't hold the same kind of value."
Wright has stayed at the Riviera twice and he was honest, telling us his visits weren't particularly memorable.
Now the place is coming down to make room for an expansion of the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Wright is confident the new space will give tourists plenty to do and see.
Until then, the property is mostly rubble piles and massive cranes and trucks.
"Every time I come out to Vegas there's some kind of construction and orange cones somewhere," Wright said. "There's a lot of money here, a lot of money comes here and they spend it to rebuild."
There's still time to get a last look at the Riviera's towers. One is set to come down in June and the other is scheduled for August.