Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas*
* while water supplies last
by Al Shaw, Abrahm Lustgarten, Jeff Larson and Naveena Sadasivam, ProPublica, and Haisam Hussein, Special to ProPublica, June 2, 2015
In 1971, the Las Vegas metro area was home to 262,000 people. Today, the population is approaching 2 million. Since 1990, its footprint has more than doubled. Managing urban growth is critical to the future of the West's precious — and declining — water supplies. Las Vegas has grown faster than any other Western city in recent years, even as the water crisis has grown more acute.