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September 1, 2014

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Downtown Las Vegas jumps again

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Christopher DeVargas

Downtown’s Container Park.

From its frontier infancy through the mid-20th century, the only Las Vegas was downtown Las Vegas. But the city center known as Glitter Gulch lost the glamour battle post-1960 with the newer Strip, a stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard South with room for massive resorts featuring Egyptian pyramids and dancing water fountains.

From a visitor’s perspective, downtown became the seedy place to lose your money more slowly (and guard your wallet) at the $2 blackjack tables. But local politicians, entrepreneurs and preservationists never gave up on downtown, and when Zappos, the dot-com shoe dealer, moved from suburban Henderson to central Sin City in 2013, the business jolt revitalized the neighborhood, now the hippest in town.

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For more downtown coverage, see Joe Downtown’s complete coverage.

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