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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.
Chris Ramirez, left, founder, and and Mark Balint, head of production, pose by a mural in the hallway outside the Silver State Production Services offices in downtown Las Vegas Tuesday, May 8, 2012.
Joe Downtown: Downtown Project backing independent film project
Jan. 28, 2014
Downtown Project will invest in an independent film starring 19-year-old Dakota Fanning. Chris Ramirez, owner/partner of Downtown Films and founder of Silver State Production Services and Lola Pictures, is listed as a producer on the movie. He said the project’s investment constitutes almost the entire budget of the film, directed and written by Gerardo Naranjo.
Lenny Payne plays Jimi Hendrix in front of Slotzilla in Fremont street experience Wednesday, Jan. 22. 2014.
Seasoned musicians among street performers sharing their talents at downtown's Experience
Jan. 24, 2014
More than a decade ago, lawyers wrangled for years in court fighting for people's right to distribute pamphlets on the Fremont Street Experience, the four blocks of East Fremont Street blocked to vehicle traffic under a city-funded electric canopy.
Joe Downtown: Food court's success raising hopes for Neonopolis' owner
Jan. 23, 2014
Maybe this time Neonopolis owner Rohit Joshi has a hit on his hands. Neonopolis, long maligned because of the numerous businesses there that have started then folded, saw its newest tenant, the International Eatery, packed Thursday afternoon. Outlets for Italian, Asian and Mexican cuisine served lines of people who filled tables in space that was formerly occupied by Luna Rossa Italian restaurant.
Charlotte Dutoit, curator of the Life Is Beautiful festival street art program called Rise Above, shows her Mayor’s Urban Design Award on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014.
Joe Downtown: Walls scouted for next Life Is Beautiful murals
Jan. 22, 2014
Planning for the next Life Is Beautiful festival began almost as soon as the two-day festival ended in October. But one of the most visible and unexpectedly controversial parts of the festival — its street art program — really got rolling this week.
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.

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