So I spent the weekend running around Las Vegas for a little bit on vacation. As one of the early sites in the housing crash, its a good early indicator to some degree of the economy. What I found there was that the housing market was pumping back up and several people already considering or starting to jump in, scooping up real estate at very depressed prices.
As for overall business, it was hard to tell what the baseline is but it was relatively hopping, not ultra busy or crowded but not deserted either.
There's also an astounding number of Asians, particularly Chinese tourists visiting. Gives you a good idea where the wealth is today.
There's my economic anecdote of the day...