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Zappos has a parade with a Llama as their leader as they head to Cashman Field to catch the 51s game, Thursday, April 25, 2013.
Joe Downtown: Like a Pied Piper, llama leads parade of people through streets
April 26, 2013
Following a rented llama from The Beat coffeehouse north on Las Vegas Boulevard to Cashman Field, about 100 people took part in the first of what will be a monthly llama parade this summer.

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Yahoo Inc. CEO Marissa Mayer and Irish Prime Minister An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, pose for a photo during a visit to Yahoo headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif., Thursday, March 21, 2013. Yahoo! will announce expansion plans for  its Dublin Operations Centre, adding more than 200 new employees in the next 12 months. The company has already started recruiting for customer support, technology, operations, HR and finance which will support Yahoo!’s business across the Europe, Middle Eastern and Africa (EMEA) region.
Working from home: Efficient and economical? Or corporate suicide?
April 16, 2013
First, it was Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer, the corporate mommy who built a private nursery next to her office, then banned employees from working from home. Next, Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly dismantled his company’s flexible work program. Then came Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, who published a column in CNN Money defending Mayer’s decision. While some companies claim a ban on telecommuting is vital to workplace culture, many experts say allowing employees the choice to wok from home actually boosts productivity and saves money.
Downtown Project partners purchased the 65-unit John E. Carson Hotel building at Sixth and Carson in April 2012 for about $2.1 million.
Joe Downtown: Learned lessons being applied in relocation of John E Carson Hotel residents
April 12, 2013
Some 43 residents of the John E Carson Hotel, purchased by Downtown Project investors to be transformed into a multistore retail, food and beverage facility, will get free rent for a month and be moved into a different hotel at the investors’ expense.

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The Gold Spike casino and hotel, seen from Fourth and Ogden streets, in downtown Las Vegas.
Joe Downtown: Want a room at the Gold Spike? You might try booking it through Zappos
April 10, 2013
Though Tony Hsieh doesn’t want to get into the casino business, sources say, he and a partnership of downtown investors now hold the note to the Gold Spike. A local commercial real estate developer, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that means the Gold Spike’s owners, Siegel Group Nevada Inc., now make loan payments to Hsieh and his partners.

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Downtown Project pieces together its $93 million llama
March 28, 2013
The purchase of downtown — well, a good bunch of it, anyway — is almost complete. Downtown Project insiders call the mass of land stretching over several blocks from Las Vegas Boulevard to Maryland Parkway “the llama,” because that’s what it sort of resembles from space.

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Iowa college students gather together to discuss their innovative ideas for their course study "Reimagining Downtown Las Vegas" led by Associate Director Dave Gould, center, at Work In Progress in Las Vegas Wednesday, March 20, 2013.
Joe Downtown: Iowa students leave Las Vegas to work on task of making 'an impact, an impression' on downtown
March 27, 2013
Fourteen University of Iowa students involved in a class called “Reimagining Downtown” are finished with their spring break in Las Vegas. Now they're focused exclusively on creating something that benefits downtown Las Vegas.

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Joe Downtown: Danger is who, not what, she is
Joe Downtown: Danger is who, not what, she is
March 26, 2013
The seafoam-rimmed sunglasses and matching bow in her blond hair aren’t right. If you have to put a finger on the problem, it’s her name. “Krissee DANGER.” The name doesn’t fit the glasses and ribbon. It doesn’t fit the person. There appears nothing dangerous about her. Don’t believe me: Take the word of the people she meets almost daily giving tours for the Downtown Project, where she takes visitors even into the private sanctum of Tony Hsieh’s condo on the 23rd floor of the Ogden.

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Joe Downtown: 'Millennial migration' to Las Vegas predicted
March 21, 2013
Another day downtown, another interesting character finds his way into The Beat coffeehouse. But none may have found themselves in as familiar territory as Matt Heller. See, Heller is considered an expert on millennials, who are also sometimes referred to as the Echo Boom generation or Generation Y.

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A view of the Western Hotel and Casino on East Fremont Street on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011. In a statement, Tamares Real Estate, owners of the Western, announced the casino will close Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, for an indefinite period of time.
Tony Hsieh's group buys shuttered downtown casino for $14 million
March 21, 2013
Tony Hsieh’s Downtown Project bought the shuttered Western Hotel for $14 million, giving his group another chunk of downtown real estate for a possible future project.
Joe Downtown: Reno PR firm opening satellite office downtown
March 11, 2013
A Reno public relations firm is adding an office in the Emergency Arts building on Fremont Street, aiming its focus on the growing tech startup business environment in Las Vegas.
Local fashion designer Clair Vranian works out of her home studio, Monday, Feb. 18, 2013.
Joe Downtown: Obsession, Def Leppard and Zappos combine to spell success for businesswoman
March 2, 2013
Claire Jane Vranian’s obsession with fashion and feathers, combined with an innate need to be creative, led to an association with Joe Elliott, lead singer for the iconic ‘80s rock band Def Leppard, and success in the clothing business.

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Joe Downtown: Fremont Shoes sets sights on downtown manufacturing plant
Feb. 20, 2013
Craig Adkins has spent decades creating efficiencies in production lines for a variety of companies; his latest job was as vice president of fulfillment services for Zappos. About a year ago, Adkins started working on a plan to start yet another venture — bringing shoe manufacturing, not just shoe distribution, to Las Vegas. With support from the Downtown Project, an investment group that includes Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, Adkins expects his shoe-manufacturing business, Fremont Shoes, to open by the end of the year.

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Joe Downtown: University of Iowa students to help 'Reimagine Downtown'
Jan. 26, 2013
University of Iowa lecturer David Gould has created a course that links Las Vegas and Iowa City because of what’s happening downtown; it might not look like anywhere in Iowa, but downtown’s community-oriented redevelopment is the perfect landscape for Gould’s class, Reimagining Downtown.

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Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh is shown at a Las Vegas City Council meeting Dec. 1, 2010, when it was officially announced the existing City Hall building would be used as the headquarters for Zappos.
Hsieh wins over Preview Las Vegas audience with keynote address
Jan. 24, 2013
Old-school businesspeople may not understand Zappos.com CEO Tony Hsieh's methods. But the estimated 2,000 people attending Preview Las Vegas warmly received him when he offered details of his Downtown Project.
Coterie’s Sarah Nisperos helped analyze the dream that brought Zappos Downtown.
Joe Downtown: 'Sorceress' Sarah Nisperos and the origin of Tony Hsieh’s Downtown dream
Jan. 23, 2013
Get to know the person who steered the Zappos CEO to Downtown Vegas.