Sin City (description)

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Las Vegas is the most popular city known as Sin City

Sin City is an urban area (a city or part of) that caters to various vices, perhaps the most well known example being the Las Vegas Valley in Nevada, United States. These vices may be legal (depending on area) or illegal activities which are tolerated.

Examples of vices include sex-related services (prostitution, strip clubs, sex shops, etc.), gambling (casinos, betting shops, etc.), or drug use (alcohol, marijuana, etc. consumption), and even excessive organized crime and gang activity. If the area is known for prostitution, it is often called a red-light district, as in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Sin Cities in the world[edit]

Cities or areas that have this reputation include:

North America
  • Atlantic City, New Jersey is a city in Atlantic County, New Jersey and a nationally renowned resort city for (gambling, bookmaking, drinking, prostitution, strip clubs, clubbing). In earlier decades, it was also known for organized crime, bookmaking, bootlegging, brothels, illegal gambling, speakeasies, police corruption, political corruption, prostitution.
  • Austin, Texas (music (especially live music), drinking, clubbing, films, street performers, bohemianism (centered around its alternative culture hence the Keep Austin Weird movement), grassroots politics, social justice, vintage automobiles, auto racing)
  • Baltimore, Maryland, United States, The Block (prostitution, drugs, strip clubs, organized crime)
  • Dallas, Texas and the entire Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex (films, television, modeling, music (country/western, gangsta rap), rodeo circuit, tabloids, sports, easy marriage, drugs, gangs, corruption, clubbing, plastic surgery, auto racing)
  • Fayetteville, North Carolina, United States (Bragg Blvd, Hay Street, prostitution, drinking, drugs, gangs, violence, brothels, strip clubs)
  • Lynn, Massachusetts, United States (gambling, prostitution, drinking, drugs, gangs, violence, corruption, brothels, organized crime)
  • Las Vegas, Nevada, United States (gambling, bookmaking, easy marriage, easy divorce, sex shows, strip clubs, cabarets, prostitution, clubbing, 24-hour liquor sales [as in all of Nevada];[13] quote: "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas."). In former days it was known also for organized crime and corruption.
  • Los Angeles and its Hollywood district (film, television, modeling, music, (i.e. glam metal, gangsta rap), paparazzi, plastic surgery, porn industry, publishing industries, sports, tabloids, air pollution, bank robberies, car chases, clubs, drugs, homeless people, gangs, notorious slums in the poorer areas of L.A., (major glamorous destination for many teen runaways).
  • New York City (films, music, modeling, tabloids, scams, television, paparazzi, formerly porn industry (Times Square), many teenage runaways, organized crime, BDSM clubs, street performers, gangsta rap.
  • Reno, Nevada[14] (gambling, drinking, strip clubs, clubbing, easy marriage, easy divorce, prostitution [however, prostitution is illegal in Reno and Washoe County] 24-hour liquor sales [as in all of Nevada])
  • Tijuana, Mexico (organized crime, gangs, drug trafficking, clubbing, drinking, police corruption, political corruption, prostitution)
South America
  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (male & female prostitution, scams, notorious prison system, police corruption, political corruption, drinking, drugs, favelas, gangs, clubbing)
  • Kings Cross, New South Wales A notorious inner-city of Sydney. (Prostitution, brothels, gambling (illegal and legal), organized crime, gangs (to an extent), police corruption, drugs, strip clubs, squeegee men, drinking, excessive violence.)

Former Sin Cities[edit]

  • Shanghai, China, 1920s and 1930s.[15] (organized crime, opium dens, gambling, police corruption, political corruption, prostitution)
  • Berlin, Weimar Republic - 1920s and early 1930s (Prostitution, numerous cabarets, decadence in general)
North America
  • New York City in the mid to late 19th Century (prostitution, brothels, illegal gambling, notorious slums, pickpocketing, police corruption, political corruption, drugs, gangs, organized crime), Times Square from the mid-1960s until circa 1990 (prostitution, pornography, go-go bars, sex shops, sex shows, squeegee men, strip clubs, clubbing, drugs, organized crime)
  • New Orleans[16] from 1897 through 1917, Storyville district (prostitution, brothels, gambling, and speakeasies)
  • Chicago in the 1920s to 1930s (prostitution, bootlegging, cabarets, speakeasies, illegal gambling, bank robberies, police corruption, political corruption, organized crime, and gang activity)
  • Covington, Kentucky and Newport, Kentucky (brothels, gambling, organized crime) [17]
  • Galveston, Texas in the 1920s to 1957 (prostitution, organized crime, gambling, speakeasies, drinking, political corruption)
  • Montreal, which earned a reputation for vice through American tourists fleeing the prohibition laws.[18]
  • In 1955, Terre Haute, Indiana was labeled Sin City by the monthly magazine Stag. (reputation for being "wide open", with gambling and a well-developed "red light district"). Now the federal death row is in Terre Haute at the Terre Haute Federal Correctional Complex.
  • In the 1980-1990s Michigan City, Indiana was considered Sin City, with the proliferation of massage parlors

See also[edit]


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  6. ^ Phillips, Tom (May 1, 2013). "Inside Dongguan, China's Sin City". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved February 6, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Far East sex tourists exposed". BBC News (BBC). 2003-11-04. Archived from the original on 2004-02-26. Retrieved 2007-12-14. Nicknamed 'Sin City,' it is the centre of the Philippines sex industry and a magnet for travellers known as 'whorists', who want to have sex with young girls. 
  8. ^ Horsley, Sebastian (2004-09-19). "The brothel creeper". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 2010-05-23. 
  9. ^ Alexandra Topping (2011-05-30). "Sin city to spin city: Las Vegas set to rival Ibiza as dance mecca | Music". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-08-29. 
  10. ^ "Prague Dog Eat Blog | Is Prague a sin city?". Retrieved 2012-08-29. 
  11. ^ Helena Smith in Ayia Napa, Cyprus (2002-06-17). "The Guardian". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-08-29. 
  12. ^ English, As Told To Paul; 700+ words. "High Beam". High Beam. Retrieved 2012-08-29. 
  13. ^ "Why is Las Vegas Called Sin City? - Yahoo! Voices". 2009-06-24. Retrieved 2012-08-29. 
  14. ^ "Reno: Sin City Revisited". Retrieved 2012-08-29. 
  15. ^ "CBC-TV - Legendary Sin Cities - Shanghai". [dead link]
  16. ^ Jon Donley. "New Orleans ranked No. 7 Sin City in world |". Retrieved 2012-08-29. 
  17. ^ "Sin City, Newport, Kentucky". Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  18. ^ Fournier, Chris (2009-10-31). "Montreal’s scandals in mayoral race revive Sin City moniker". Retrieved 2012-08-29. 

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