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May 4, 2015

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Joe Downtown: Writer laying groundwork for book on redevelopment effort

Get used to seeing Tim Pratt at Zappos and Downtown Project gatherings over the next several months.

Two months ago, Pratt, a former Las Vegas Sun reporter and now a freelancer, wrote a story for New York Times Sunday Magazine trumpeting the Tony Hsieh-led rebirth of downtown Las Vegas.

Shortly after, Pratt said he was approached by the David Black Agency, the literary agency for best-selling books such as “Tuesdays with Morrie.” Now Pratt is in the early stages of getting enough information together to cobble together a book proposal whose theme focuses on urban revitalization and how Hsieh and the Downtown Project are doing it here.

One day, we might be seeing “Pratt” up there in literary lights alongside Mitch Albom.

Joe Schoenmann doesn’t just cover downtown, he lives and works there. Schoenmann is Greenspun Media Group’s embedded downtown journalist, working from an office in the Emergency Arts complex.

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