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Joe Schoenmann

Downtown Las Vegas Reporter

A native Wisconsinite, Joe earned a journalism degree to get out of college early but wanted none of the craft after graduation. Need for a job landed him at small Wisconsin weeklies before moving to Las Vegas in 1997. He has been recognized for his magazine profiles and his investigative stories that exposed police bias against minorities.

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Joe Downtown: Thousands — mostly non-Nevadans — sign online petition opposing horse carriages
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Posted online less than a week, a petition against horse-drawn carriage rides in Las Vegas had collected some 5,400 electronic signatures by Thursday afternoon. Of the most recent 1,000 signatures, only 30, or 3 percent, were ...
Joe Downtown: Horse-drawn carriages and Fremont East’s tug between locals and tourists
New transportation options Downtown cater more to out-of-towners than residents
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Horse-drawn carriages, pedicabs and a Disney trolley. All could be coming to Downtown.
Joe Downtown: Just opened, O Face doughnuts already packing them in
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
The mere fact that two of its morning offerings contained bacon is a sign that O Face is on the right track. Another sign: by 10 a.m., a rush of customers...
Joe Downtown: City seeking lifeguards, swim instructors
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Lifeguards and swim instructors are needed to patrol the waters of city pools this summer. The city has about 35 positions available for...
Joe Downtown: Inspire Theater to show documentary on jazz, big band musicians
Monday, April 21, 2014
A multi-award-winning documentary about female jazz and big band musicians from the 1930s to now will be shown at downtown’s new Inspire Theater next week.
The New York Times described...
Recipe for success not so complicated
Sunday, April 20, 2014
In an odd way, the struggles at Wild, the pizza restaurant on the first floor of the Ogden, could be a good thing for the Downtown Project ...
Just how boozy do we want Fremont Street to be?
Sunday, April 20, 2014
The Fremont Street area could become a commerce center with many residents — or it could be Bourbon Street West ...
Joe Downtown: Construction to begin on downtown beautification project
Thursday, April 17, 2014
The city is about to shower some love on a part of downtown that needs it. Construction on a Main and Commerce streets beautification ...
Joe Downtown: Fremont Country Club gets OK for 18 and up shows
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Fremont Country Club has booked a few bigger-name acts — Hanson (of "MMMBop" fame) played there last September — but it has never made the big splash that its operator/promoter ...
Joe Downtown: We might not be ready for the truly nontraditional
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Tom Haskins lived in the conventional world and attained middle-class wealth and status. He didn’t much like it.
Joe Downtown: Las Vegas City Council votes to allow horse-drawn carriages downtown
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Though they argued it would lead to more congested streets downtown, the mayor and two Las Vegas City Council members were outvoted: horse-drawn carriages are on their way. Despite concerns...
Joe Downtown: Liquor battle brewing at Fremont Street Experience
Monday, April 14, 2014
downtown liquor store operators on Fremont Street are feeling the squeeze. They put up signs telling people not to open containers inside their stores, they hired security, they warned customers not to drink within 1,000 feet of their stores. But even after all that ...
Joe Downtown: Company gets tax credits for shooting movie in Las Vegas
Monday, April 14, 2014
A production company shooting a movie in Las Vegas starring Dakota Fanning has received $297,000 in state tax credits. The company, LPF One DTIG LLC, will be filming in Southern Nevada until early May and already has shot at a downtown club, at Mount Charleston and today was at ....
Joe Downtown: New management at The Ogden’s Wild eyes healthier business model
Thursday, April 10, 2014
The Downtown Project has taken over Wild, the gluten-free pizza restaurant on the first floor of The Ogden, and has employed a former chef to help ...
Joe Downtown: Has DTP squeezed out other development by buying so much Fremont area acreage?
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Downtown Project is sitting on buildings and properties until ideas spring up.
Joe Downtown: Slotzilla zip lines tested with dummies as attraction sets to open
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
No one is saying exactly when Slotzilla will open, but project managers and engineers are this week testing 175-pound dummies on each of the four lower lines of the zipline attraction at the Fremont Street Experience. Lonnie Reed, principal of Themed Development Management, categorized the ride’s testing as some of the most ...
Joe Downtown: Cars towed, spirits dampened on First Friday
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
A tiny dirt lot in downtown Las Vegas became ground zero for bewildered vehicle owners who found their cars had been towed. Downtown resident John Delibos pulled into the lot and found ...
Joe Downtown: New online magazine hopes to be ‘go-to reference site’ for fashion in Las Vegas
Thursday, April 3, 2014
A new online magazine and blog focusing on all things fashion-related in Las Vegas launched today. Called FashionFeedLV.com, it is the creation of founder ...
Joe Downtown: Electric Daisy promoter told to stay away from his downtown clubs
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Pasquale Rotella, whose Insomniac Inc. puts on the popular Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas, has been banned by the city from visiting...
Joe Downtown: There are signs enthusiasm for the new Downtown has started to fade
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Is happiness being delivered or are downtown developers just patting themselves on the back?
Joe Downtown: Add another to list of businesses departing Container Park
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Yet another Container Park business will be leaving, this on the heels of the four other businesses announcing they'd vacate the recently opened downtown development by …
Joe Downtown: Officials toast opening of Bier Garten at the Plaza
With its abundance of plants and lawn, site is touted as 'a place to escape the concrete jungle'
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
On a windy and cool night suitable for an Oktoberfest party, the mayor, ex-mayor and dozens of drinkers foisted beers, and a martini, to the grand opening of Bier Garten, an indoor/outdoor bar/eatery at the Plaza. “It gives people a place to escape ...
Joe Downtown: The Atomic to host demo for 3D TV, minus the glasses
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
But The Atomic, one of the oldest bars in the city, will this week bring something to its customers that is at the forefront of visual technologies. Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. the bar will showcase ...
Joe Downtown: Group lauds Container Park as it pulls plug on 3 shops there
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Three businesses operated by Future Restaurant Group are moving out of the Downtown Container Park, just a few months after ...
Joe Downtown: Group working to preserve Huntridge memorabilia opens office
Monday, March 31, 2014
The Huntridge Foundation, which seeks to preserve items from the Huntridge Theater’s past, is opening its office and kicking off its “Memory Project” starting Friday. The new office is in ...
Could horse-drawn carriages make a comeback in Las Vegas?
Sunday, March 30, 2014
New York City's mayor calls them inhumane, but some in Las Vegas think horse-drawn carriages can work fine here ...
A guide to downtown Las Vegas’ open container laws
Sunday, March 30, 2014
There is a web of rules governing where and what you can legally drink downtown. Don't worry, we've untangled the web ...
Joe Downtown: Container Park to host monthly music series
Friday, March 28, 2014
When musician Sheryl Crow plays at the Container Park next Friday night for roughly 1,000 people, it will be something of a milestone for East Fremont Street. Crow has been in the business for decades and...
Joe Downtown: Metro Lt. and poet Harry Fagel finds inspiration in the area he patrols
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
The police officer has published two books of poetry and has read to fellow officers during briefings ...
Get to know Las Vegas from natives
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Stories of the kids of mobsters who went to public school and drove expensive cars blend one into the other. But it pays to listen, if only because it tells you something about Las Vegas ...
Law firm’s building is the biggest new thing downtown
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Tony Hsieh isn't the only one putting his mark on the downtown Las Vegas landscape. “This facility will be a wonderful resource for the community, especially to students at the Boyd School of Law,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said about the $18 million Robert T. Eglet Advocacy Center, which is described as ...
Joe Downtown: Streets to close for burning of Life Cube
Thursday, March 20, 2014
The streets will be closed downtown Friday night in the vicinity of the Life Cube, which will be set ablaze, along with thousands of written goals and wishes. The Life Cube is the manifestation of...
Joe Downtown: The boundaries of Downtown Las Vegas are as fluid as its reputation
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Where is Downtown Las Vegas? That depends on who you ask, and why you’re asking.
Joe Downtown: Harvard students look to apply lessons in Las Vegas
Monday, March 17, 2014
Harvard Business School students looking to connect the real world of downtown Las Vegas with an entrepreneurial idea they’ve spent the last few months developing want feedback from Las Vegas residents at...
Joe Downtown: Don't call it a cult--Zappos, at its core, is just like any other business
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
"No one is being 'brainwashed.'"
Joe Downtown: Plug pulled on music events leading up to Life Cube burning
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Six nights of music leading up to a widely heralded, public performance art exhibit in downtown Las Vegas is likely to be canceled because...
Joe Downtown: Does state's lawsuit hinder Huntridge momentum?
Friday, March 7, 2014
The Nevada Attorney General's Office has sued the current owners of the historic Huntridge Theater, alleging they broke various covenants and must repay...
Joe Downtown: Metro officers ready to walk the beat around East Fremont
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Aside from the Strip or inorganic commercial developments that prohibit vehicular traffic to satisfy tourists, Las Vegas doesn’t have much for people who simply want to walk the neighborhoods. But redevelopment on East Fremont Street is making parts of downtown so walkable, Metro Police are about to embark on a new method of patrolling there. Officers downtown are going to start ...
Joe Downtown: Upper-floor Container Park tenant is shuttering store
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
The owner of Alios, an architectural and entertainment lighting business, said he got “great exposure” by being at the Container Park, even though his third-floor location gets little visitor traffic. Todd VonBaastians discusses another possible reason business wasn't booming at the outdoor mall.
Joe Downtown: Downtown Project takes over another building, but this time it’s different
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Plans filed with the city for yet another Downtown Project development stand out immediately for one detail.
Joe Downtown: Southern Wine’s First Friday sponsorship could signal bigger changes
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Could the monthly arts and culture festival relocate to Fremont East?
Joe Downtown: East Fremont getting its grocery store … sort of
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
It finally looks like something of a grocery store is coming to east Fremont Street. Plans for a combination grocery store/restaurant at 611 Fremont St. were submitted to the city and will be considered Tuesday by the Planning Commission. A Mexican restaurant and a deli/market used to share the 6,500-square-foot spot until they were forced to move last year; Downtown Project became the new tenant after their leases expired.
Joe Downtown: ‘Pawn Shop Live!’ moving to the Riviera
Monday, March 3, 2014
A stage production inspired by the hit reality TV show “Pawn Stars” is moving from downtown to the Strip.
Restaurants, cafes that hit sweet spot
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Some business ideas are immediate hits. Some take time and more attention to detail before they catch on. Others seem dead on arrival.
In the “immediate hits” category ...
Joe Downtown: Performers get together for unrehearsed, late-night show
Friday, Feb. 28, 2014
Early Friday morning, a lithe woman with a body fat of, let’s say zero, hung from netting high above the stage of downtown’s new Inspire Theater. Magenta, then blue, then white lights were projected on and behind her, as technical crews yelled incremental instrumental changes back and forth.
Joe Downtown: Special showing of ‘Ghostbusters’ in memory of star Harold Ramis
Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014
There may be no better way to commemorate the life of comedic filmmaker and actor Harold Ramis than a showing of “Ghostbusters” at a downtown Las Vegas park.
Joe Downtown: Historical society crowdsourcing for not-so-famous Las Vegas photos
Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014
Some of the pictures the society already has are ones you may not have seen before: Elvis checking into the Sahara a day before “Viva Las Vegas” shooting began; Liberace standing by his car talking to a priest; and Lloyd George as a young man in 1947.
Joe Downtown: A rooftop Wranglers arena at the Plaza could be just what Downtown needs
Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014
The hotel-casino has eight months to turn its roof into a hockey rink.
Joe Downtown: New logo graces the Huntridge, signaling project's progress
Monday, Feb. 24, 2014
Until today, little new information has emerged about renovating the historic Huntridge Theater. But late this morning, a crew with a hydraulic cherry picker began to erect a massive square banner on the building.
Joe Downtown: Former food trucker has her hands in fundraiser, reality TV gig
Friday, Feb. 21, 2014
A former Las Vegas food truck operator turned festival-food honcho may be on the verge of reality TV stardom in a show featuring a food trucks-and-chefs competition she started some two years ago.

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