chapter  6
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The Face of the Future

Lasnewnesshighlightsthistrend.A.hugesectorofthepopulation,retireesax"ecreatinganewkindofserviceeconomy.SincetheT9L1cOsthe

LasVegasValleyhasdependedonlow-skilledservicework--cooks,maids,

c·asinodealers,valetparkers,retail,andanenlireconstel1ationofsimilar

occupations--todrivetheregionaleconomy.Retirementalsorequiresaserv-

iceecononly,butoneinherentl.ydifferentfromothermanifestationsinthe

LasVegasValley.Manyoftheoccupationsthatretireesdependonrequire

higherlevelsofskillthanmakingbedsorcleaningrooms,andsuchjobs-

nursing,physicaltherapyrehabilitation,andrunningmedicalimaging

equipment-paywell.Theunskilledmedicalworkisnotaslucrativeasunion-

izedcasinoworkanditcertainlydoesn'tinspiretipping"

Theretirementeconomyislabor-intensivepersonalserviceinaway

thatmuchworkusedtobe.butonlytourismandchildcarestillareinthe

UnitedStates.Retiren'lentcommunitiesareoftenself-sufficientislands

thatprovidetheirownservicesspecificallyfertheirresidents.Theyinhab-

decision-making. Cross-generational warfare never far away.