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Joe Downtown: Concert to benefit Las Vegas Rescue Mission
Feb. 14, 2014
A benefit concert to collect new or slightly used clothing for the Las Vegas Rescue Mission will take place Friday, Feb. 21, at Backstage Bar and Billiards at the corner of Fremont and 6th streets.
American ‘holacracy’: Downtown Project’s new management system is less top-down, yet some want Tony Hsieh to be more hands-on.
Joe Downtown: Downtown Project’s growth left some young employees underserved
Feb. 12, 2014
Two 20-somethings who came to Las Vegas for DTP may move on before their two-year fellowships end.
The Attic located in Downtown Las Vegas specializes in selling vintage clothing and novelty items.
Joe Downtown: The Attic heads north on Main Street, hopes customers will follow
Feb. 12, 2014
in 1992 when Mayra Politis founded The Attic, a vintage clothing store, South Main Street was a place few people visited. Fortune shined on Politis’ unique shop, however, when a national commercial aired during the final episode of the No. 1 TV show of the time, “Seinfeld,” and business boomed. After a transformer explosion closed The Attic, she has reopened the shop in another location, and the hard work begins persuading Las Vegans to visit the store north of U.S. 95.
Zappos, which has had parades in downtown Las Vegas led by a llama, will welcome more than 70 zoo animals to its downtown campus this weekend, Feb 15 and 16, 2014.
Joe Downtown: This weekend, downtown Las Vegas will be a zoo
Feb. 10, 2014
Hoping to raise enough money to help keep open the only zoo in Clark County, will host some 70-plus animals this weekend on its downtown campus.
Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons interacts with fans during day one of the Life is Beautiful festival in downtown Las Vegas, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013.
Joe Downtown: Life Is Beautiful festival announces another change in leadership
Feb. 10, 2014
More changes are happening in key positions in the redeveloping and rebranding of downtown Las Vegas, this time again with the Life Is Beautiful festival. Andrew Donner, festival CEO, announced today the appointment of a new chief operating officer for the festival, Josh Ripple, who replaces Ashley Goodhue.
Rachel Baker, founder of Maidly, a maid service that employs a smartphone/Internet application to make bookings “as effortless as possible,” officially launches her downtown-based business in March.
Joe Downtown: Looking to get your house cleaned? There's an app for that
Feb. 7, 2014
Technology isn’t there yet: Robots still can’t clean your home floor to ceiling. But a new downtown-based business called Maidly, about to launch in March, promises to at least make it easier to book a cleaning service.
Tony Hsieh, CEO of, talks about ideas for downtown redevelopment at a Zappos condo in the Ogden in downtown Las Vegas Thursday, June 7, 2012.
Joe Downtown: Hsieh says Downtown Project not a charity, can't solve every community problem
Feb. 7, 2014
Community and downtown Las Vegas have been inseparably linked by the Downtown Project since its inception two years ago. But months after removing "community" from its slogan of core values — community, co-learning, collisions — and adding "connectedness," the Downtown Project now has removed all references about a "return on community" from its website.
Charles Ressler is making a positive impact through #dreamMaker, one hopeful tweet at a time.
Joe Downtown: Charles Ressler’s social media experiment is making dreams come true
Feb. 5, 2014
His #dreamMakers Twitter idea has taken off—to the tune of thousands of followers.
The start of a mural by Los Angeles artist Christina Angelina, on the north wall of the Life Cube, is seen Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014.
Before the burn: Downtown's Life Cube an inviting canvas for artists
Feb. 4, 2014
Downtown’s Life Cube is taking on a, well, life of its own. The 24-by-24-foot wooden cube was built last week on a poured concrete slab in the middle of the “llama” parking lot on the north side of Fremont Street between 9th and 10th streets. As soon as it was done, artists and non-artists started to paint its whitewashed walls. The upper half is being reserved for muralists, perhaps as many as 20 of whom will add their own flourishes to the cube.
Downtown's Container Park celebrates its grand opening Thursday, December 5.
Joe Downtown: Container Park proving to be major draw downtown
Feb. 3, 2014
With two months of operations under its belt, the Container Park outdoor mall on Fremont Street is doing better than expected, Downtown Project spokespeople say.
Peter Bastien, the owner and executive chef of Bronze Cafe at The Center, 401 S. Maryland Parkway, is seen Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014.
Joe Downtown: Is downtown the next Castro? Investors hope to create gay neighborhood in Las Vegas
Jan. 31, 2014
Is a "gayborhood" the next development for downtown Las Vegas? Maybe. Investors are pooling their money to buy swaths of property downtown in the hopes of creating an affordable gay neighborhood.
The Downtown Cocktail Room is seen Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011.
Joe Downtown: Downtown Cocktail Room to mark 7 memorable years
Jan. 30, 2014
Seven years ago, Michael Cornthwaite was single, 33 and had just opened the Downtown Cocktail Room and the local economy was booming. Since then, he weathered the recession, got married, has a newborn and is about to celebrate the DCR’s seven-year anniversary.
Unclear future: Billy Shabo says redevelopment efforts Downtown are hurting his business at Ogden Mart.
Joe Downtown: Gentrification has arrived. Could it be a good thing?
Jan. 29, 2014
There seems to be both pros and cons attached to that nasty buzzword.
The Alicia Motel on East Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas Tuesday, July 16, 2013.
Joe Downtown: Independent bookstore opening in old motel
Jan. 29, 2014
This will be good news to anyone who thinks downtown is being flooded with too many taverns, to say nothing of those who miss a good old-fashioned bookstore.
The Linq shopping and food area between the Quad and Flamingo, pictured here Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, is beginning to see more foot traffic.
Joe Downtown: Linq official suggests shuttle could move tourists downtown
Jan. 28, 2014
Caesars sees the Linq as something so unique that it is considering the possibility of shuttling customers between it and downtown as part of the overall unique experience the development wants to bring its Strip customers.

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