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April 16, 2014

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Meeting of minds: David Gould, left, Lindsay Hyde and Amy An, right, meet with Lt. Harry Fagel at the Beat.
Joe Downtown: Las Vegas and the Harvard MBAs: More help from beyond state lines?
Jan. 22, 2014
After a University of Iowa class used the city as a laboratory last year, a couple of Ivy Leaguers follow their lead. They visited town last week, meeting with people from small and large businesses, UNLV, government, neighborhood associations, law enforcement and, well, me.
Joe Downtown: Study finds downtown arena could net $21 million a year — if people buy into it — but would cost businesses
Jan. 21, 2014
A downtown arena is a can’t-miss business opportunity. At least that’s what a consultant concludes about a city proposal to partially fund and own an arena in Symphony Park. The $400 million arena could generate about $21 million in profit annually, according to the internal report obtained by VEGAS INC.
Life Cube, a Burning Man art piece, is burned at the 2013 festival.
Joe Downtown: Artist's burning desire coming closer to reality
Jan. 17, 2014
Scott Cohen just received a shipment of 22,000 pounds of wood. Now the real work begins on Life Cube, Cohen’s vision-turned-reality to build a 24-by-24-foot cube, and dozens more 8-by-8-foot cubes, fill them with the wishes of thousands of people, then burn them in a downtown parking lot.
A view of one of the two Dennis Oppenheim paintbrushes on Charleston Boulevard in the Arts District Sunday, June 5, 2011.
Joe Downtown: Arts Commission considers bringing 'Paintbrushes' together
Jan. 17, 2014
Las Vegas Arts Commission members are considering moving one of two massive metallic paintbrushes situated downtown to create a more visible gateway to area’s Arts District.
A view of the new Zappos headquarters in the old city hall building downtown Monday, Sept. 9, 2013.
Joe Downtown: Zappos ranked among Fortune magazine’s top 100 employers
Jan. 17, 2014
The one company downtown that seems to get work environment right is also the only Nevada company to make Fortune magazine’s list of the 100 best companies to work for.
GMO-Free Las Vegas leader Angie Morelli deliveres 109 stamped envelopes with letters to Nevada's congressional delegation encouraging them not to support the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership, a 12-nation trade agreement. The letters, placed in a coffin, arrived at the Lloyd D. George Federal Courthouse via a hearse on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014.
Joe Downtown: Letter-filled coffin illustrates protesters' opposition to treaty
Jan. 16, 2014
Protesters today delivered more than 100 letters to the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Las Vegas, urging Nevada’s congressional delegation to fight the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a 12-nation trade agreement. Angie Morelli, leader of the group, said the TPP, as it is more commonly known, would virtually provide the legal means for agricultural businesses to ignore any attempt at GMO labeling.
Joe Downtown Radio: Community reacts to suicide
Jan. 16, 2014
Suicide has become a topic of quiet discussion in downtown Las Vegas after a 24-year-old Downtown Project employee died after a fall from his apartment building last week. Investigators are treating it as a suicide.
Joe Downtown: Microbrewery seeks permit to open in old furniture store
Jan. 16, 2014
It looks like another microbrewery could be headed downtown, this one on Main Street in the Arts District, near Charleston Boulevard.
Artist rendering of the proposed downtown/Cordish arena.
Downtown business owners 'quite fearful' of tax burden in latest arena plan
Jan. 15, 2014
It won’t be easy to find a downtown business operator who favors an 11th-hour arena proposal in large part because of a tax the city wants to levy on downtown businesses to help pay for it.
Bright light: The loss of Ovik Banerjee is a tragic blow for his Downtown family.
Joe Downtown: A Downtown Project death leaves many questions unanswered
Jan. 15, 2014
Among them: "If Downtown is such a great community, why didn’t he feel comfortable enough to reveal his inner anguish to someone?"
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: Downtown land buyer named CEO of Life Is Beautiful festival
Jan. 13, 2014
Downtown’s urban-centered festival, Life Is Beautiful, has named the man largely responsible for the purchase of Tony Hsieh’s llama-shaped land acquisitions downtown as its chief executive officer.
Joe Downtown: Massive windmill may power Downtown Project's latest venture
Jan. 9, 2014
Another bar-restaurant venue — this one includes a 90-foot windmill — is planned for Fremont Street, courtesy of the Downtown Project.
Garth Brooks.
Joe Downtown: Garth Brooks tours downtown, sends Zappos employees pizza
Jan. 9, 2014
Garth Brooks also has some friends in high places, it appears. Several people reported seeing Brooks last week walking around downtown with Zappos CEO and Downtown Project partner Tony Hsieh.
Buzzworthy? Downtown's Container Park is meant to bring the curious—but will it work?
Joe Downtown: What if you build it and the suburbanites don't come?
Jan. 8, 2014
Do people outside the Downtown bubble know what's going on in the neighborhood? Do they care?
A rendering of the exterior of the 54,000-square-foot, three-story Eclipse Theater.
Joe Downtown: With influx of residents, can a downtown theater thrive?
Jan. 8, 2014
Here is more evidence that downtown's redevelopment has taken off: Ideas once merely discussed are becoming a reality. One of those is an eight-screen movie house, tentatively called Eclipse Theater, that would include bar service and a restaurant. Plans will go before the city Planning Commission next week, when the developer will seek a special-use permit for the property. Sharet Holdings II LLC is the developer of the 53,855-square-foot project on 0.80 acre on the southwest corner of Gass Avenue and 3rd Street, on the same block as Newport Lofts, a downtown high-rise.

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