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December 1, 2015

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The future is now: The shipping container park is scheduled to dock Downtown in 2013.
State of change: East Fremont is a little street with a big future
Dec. 26, 2012
In nine months, 1,400 Zappos employees will start working Downtown. That's just the beginning. Hsieh has talked openly about all the plans he’s been working on for a year or more and how many of those will be unleashed in the next few months. People will see new businesses everywhere. Suddenly.
Employees work in cubicles at the Zappos temporary offices on Carson Avenue in downtown Las Vegas on Wednesday, September 26, 2012.
The valley's top business stories of 2012
Dec. 24, 2012
Many of the topics that dominated the discussion in boardrooms and lunch rooms across the valley will continue to make headlines in 2013. So in case you missed them, or to give you a heads up for next year, here’s a look at some of this year’s biggest business stories.
Joe Downtown: Code for America fellows to bring engineering expertise to downtown
Dec. 18, 2012
First, Zappos and its CEO Tony Hsieh pledged $1.5 million to Teach for America, which will bring hundreds of new college graduates to Las Vegas to teach in economically disadvantaged schools in Las Vegas. Venture for America then received a $1 million pledge. Now comes Code for America.
Joe Downtown: County records show Downtown Project, Hsieh buying up properties
Dec. 18, 2012
You can’t swing a dead laptop without hitting someone downtown talking about “Downtown Project” and the Oz-like dreams of more and more development the project is expected to bring to East Fremont and surrounding areas.


Tony Hsieh, CEO of, is shown at a Zappos condo in the Ogden in downtown Las Vegas Thursday, June 7, 2012.
Joe Downtown: Coming changes 'exciting' to Zappos chief
Dec. 17, 2012
While being interviewed in front of an audience in the double-wide trailer that doubles as a speakers bureau at at Seventh and Fremont streets, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh said to expect an explosion of development along Fremont Street in the next year.


Joe Downtown: 'Unicorn' fills in for llama at Hsieh birthday bash
Dec. 13, 2012
Apparently imported from North Korea, a unicorn was spotted Wednesday night in downtown Las Vegas in, of all places, a bar. Friends of Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh were stunned to see the magical beast inside the Downtown Cocktail Room, where dozens of revelers were helping celebrate Hsieh’s 39th birthday.


Rich Demato leads a group of parents and children Wednesday night at the site of an old Baptist church that in August will become a school funded by Downtown Project. The tuition-based school will be open to everyone.
Zappos school planning builds 'excitement around education'
Dec. 13, 2012
This is how you make a school. At least, it’s how you make a school when Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh and the Downtown Project are involved.


Joe Downtown: Demolition to begin on former 7-Eleven
Dec. 12, 2012
Demolition of some of the interior of the massive building that occupies almost a half-acre on Fremont Street and Las Vegas Boulevard will begin Wednesday.
Eat restaurant owner Natalie Young plates lunches at her restaurant in downtown Las Vegas on Wednesday, October 24, 2012.
Meeting with Zappos chief put chef on fast track toward becoming restaurateur
Nov. 22, 2012
Natalie Young was done with casino work. But last year when she quit her job as executive chef for a major casino, she had no idea where she was going and she didn’t have another chef’s job lined up. “I was just done with that business,” the 48-year-old said. “I think I might have been on my way to Santa Fe.” That’s when Las Vegas’ reputation as a major city with a small-town feel kicked in. It’s also when Young became one of the first benefactors of the “downtown experiment” that online retailer Zappos had begun in announcing its headquarters’ ...


'Grand Theft Auto' video game developer eyes move to downtown Las Vegas
Nov. 1, 2012
Take-Two Interactive, the software company behind one of the biggest series in video-gaming, “Grand Theft Auto,” wants to move some of its operations into downtown Las Vegas.


Roboticist Adam Setapen demonstrates a face-following function of the new Romo smartphone robot at the Romotive "Software Cave" in downtown Las Vegas Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012. The new Romo with enhanced features can be ordered on and is featured in the Neiman Marcus Holiday catalog.
Startups finding success with boost from Vegas Tech Fund
Oct. 30, 2012
Call it the little robot that could — with a little help from its friends. Romo, a plastic robot on rubber treads operated remotely with a smartphone, is leading its young developers into new territory, not only for them but for almost any Las Vegas-based business. Place your smartphone into a jack on top of Romo, and with another smartphone or computer, you can remotely move the robot — even if it's halfway around the world. So, a grandma in Las Vegas could operate a Romo being played with by her granddaughter in China.


An artist's rendering of the shipping container development planned for Seventh and East Fremont.
Shipping Container Park OK'd for Fremont Street
Oct. 17, 2012
A shipping container park at Fremont and Seventh streets, the idea of Downtown Project and Zappos owner Tony Hsieh, won approval Wednesday from the Las Vegas City Council and is expected to open in 2013.


Zappos employees Graham Kahr, a social scientist, and Ashley Kahr, a receptionist, walk to the parking garage on Stewart Avenue from the Zappos temporary offices on Carson Avenue. A security guard follows behind them in downtown Las Vegas on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012. Graham Kahr said he's a downtowner by choice and this is home to him, "a place where I feel safest."
Zappos' employees finding downtown's no Corporate Circle in Henderson
Oct. 4, 2012
Barely 10 steps beyond the door of Zappos’ Downtown Project office, Krissee Danger walks past a man who asks for a spare cigarette as she pulls one out of her purse. “This is my last one,” she says. Would she have given one if she had more? “No.” A block farther, a homeless man, burnished and brown from sun and dirt, has his blackened brown shorts unbuttoned and open.


‘Screamont Experiment’ hopes to cash in on Las Vegas’ haunted house craze
Sept. 30, 2012
Like the rest of the country, Las Vegas is taking full advantage of the nation’s thirst for the undead, monsters and hacked body parts drenched in fake blood, the bounty that comes with lavish indulgence in the Halloween season. In 2011, estimates put the national take from the Halloween business around $6 billion. Customers buy costumes, makeup and hanging skeletons and monsters like a starving man devours food. Then there are the haunted houses.


On Casino Center Drive during a bus tour of downtown Las Vegas real estate projects on Thursday, September 13, 2012.
The Zappos effect: Companies follow the retailer downtown
Sept. 24, 2012
The economic revival sweeping downtown Las Vegas has ushered into the area restaurants, bars, entrepreneurs and residents. High-rise towers are filling up with renters and ground-floor tenants. Bars are taking over vacant buildings. New restaurant ideas are being hatched, and tech startups might soon outnumber casinos. Much of the activity is centered around Zappos, the online shoe and clothing retailer moving downtown from Henderson late next year and bringing with it hundreds of young, well-heeled employees.