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Renderings of living space downtown by designers working on apartment concepts for Downtown Projects.
Joe Downtown: Housing available for Zappos workers remains scarce
Aug. 30, 2013
Zappos’ new headquarters in old Las Vegas City Hall will open in a few weeks, welcoming 1,500 employees to a renovated building and introducing many of them to downtown. But few Zappos workers appear to be looking for homes downtown.
The Gold Spike casino and hotel, seen from Fourth and Ogden streets, in downtown Las Vegas.
Joe Downtown: Businesses hope Downtown Project's departure from Gold Spike will shift customers their way
Aug. 26, 2013
For months, the Gold Spike has served as the unofficial headquarters of the Downtown Project. But in just a few weeks, Zappos employees will move into the rehabbed City Hall, and more than 100 Downtown Project employees will move into their former office space on Carson Avenue space in November.
Joe Downtown: Zappos to show vendors appreciation Big Easy-style
Aug. 15, 2013
On what is normally a sleepy night, thousands of people from around the world will descend upon Fremont East on Sunday for the Zappos annual vendor appreciation party.
The Zappos temporary offices on Carson Avenue in downtown Las Vegas on Wednesday, September 26, 2012.
Name Nevada's top commercial brand. Hint: It's not a casino
June 25, 2013
A U.S. map that depicts the most famous commercial brands emanating from the 50 states includes a surprise for Nevada: The state’s most famous brand isn’t a casino company. The map has a few no-brainers, but there are a few head-scratchers.
From his 23rd floor condo, Tony Hsieh points out various targets of redevelopment for his Downtown Project, a $350 million, multi-year endeavor, to Ed Lantz, CEO of Vortex Immersion Media.
Joe Downtown: Gentrification or positive progress? The great downtown debate
June 20, 2013
When a young man with a billion-plus-dollar company comes to town saying he wants to create "community" even as he redevelops a neighborhood infested with crime, you expect what happened to Tony Hsieh.

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Zappos has a parade with a Llama as their leader as they head to Cashman Field to catch the 51s game, Thursday, April 25, 2013.
Joe Downtown: More than 200 people expected for this month's llama parade
June 11, 2013
The llama parade is growing. Organizers of the parade, sponsored by Zappos, expect about 230 people – led by a llama – to march from Fremont Street to Cashman Field for Friday night’s game between the Las Vegas 51s and the Colorado Springs Sky Sox.
Zappos executive Fred Mossler, left, actor Ashton Kutcher, center, and Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh pause Thursday afternoon outside the Construction Zone speaker trailer near Seventh and Fremont streets. Hsieh was giving Kutcher a tour of many of the Downtown Project undertakings in the Fremont East Entertainment District.
Joe Downtown: Tony Hsieh leads Ashton Kutcher on downtown tour
May 23, 2013
Actor Ashton Kutcher ate Thursday afternoon at Eat restaurant and toured some of the many Downtown Project undertakings in the Fremont East Entertainment District.

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Joe Downtown: Developer might act on need for mid-priced apartments downtown
May 1, 2013
With downtown Las Vegas about to see an influx of 1,300 Zappos employees in a few months, a major local developer is considering construction of a large, mid-priced residential apartment building a few blocks off Fremont Street.

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Zappos has a parade with a Llama as their leader as they head to Cashman Field to catch the 51s game, Thursday, April 25, 2013.
Joe Downtown: Like a Pied Piper, llama leads parade of people through streets
April 26, 2013
Following a rented llama from The Beat coffeehouse north on Las Vegas Boulevard to Cashman Field, about 100 people took part in the first of what will be a monthly llama parade this summer.

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Yahoo Inc. CEO Marissa Mayer and Irish Prime Minister An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, pose for a photo during a visit to Yahoo headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif., Thursday, March 21, 2013. Yahoo! will announce expansion plans for  its Dublin Operations Centre, adding more than 200 new employees in the next 12 months. The company has already started recruiting for customer support, technology, operations, HR and finance which will support Yahoo!’s business across the Europe, Middle Eastern and Africa (EMEA) region.
Working from home: Efficient and economical? Or corporate suicide?
April 16, 2013
First, it was Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer, the corporate mommy who built a private nursery next to her office, then banned employees from working from home. Next, Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly dismantled his company’s flexible work program. Then came Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, who published a column in CNN Money defending Mayer’s decision. While some companies claim a ban on telecommuting is vital to workplace culture, many experts say allowing employees the choice to wok from home actually boosts productivity and saves money.
Downtown Project partners purchased the 65-unit John E. Carson Hotel building at Sixth and Carson in April 2012 for about $2.1 million.
Joe Downtown: Learned lessons being applied in relocation of John E Carson Hotel residents
April 12, 2013
Some 43 residents of the John E Carson Hotel, purchased by Downtown Project investors to be transformed into a multistore retail, food and beverage facility, will get free rent for a month and be moved into a different hotel at the investors’ expense.

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The Gold Spike casino and hotel, seen from Fourth and Ogden streets, in downtown Las Vegas.
Joe Downtown: Want a room at the Gold Spike? You might try booking it through Zappos
April 10, 2013
Though Tony Hsieh doesn’t want to get into the casino business, sources say, he and a partnership of downtown investors now hold the note to the Gold Spike. A local commercial real estate developer, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that means the Gold Spike’s owners, Siegel Group Nevada Inc., now make loan payments to Hsieh and his partners.

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Downtown Project pieces together its $93 million llama
March 28, 2013
The purchase of downtown — well, a good bunch of it, anyway — is almost complete. Downtown Project insiders call the mass of land stretching over several blocks from Las Vegas Boulevard to Maryland Parkway “the llama,” because that’s what it sort of resembles from space.

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Iowa college students gather together to discuss their innovative ideas for their course study "Reimagining Downtown Las Vegas" led by Associate Director Dave Gould, center, at Work In Progress in Las Vegas Wednesday, March 20, 2013.
Joe Downtown: Iowa students leave Las Vegas to work on task of making 'an impact, an impression' on downtown
March 27, 2013
Fourteen University of Iowa students involved in a class called “Reimagining Downtown” are finished with their spring break in Las Vegas. Now they're focused exclusively on creating something that benefits downtown Las Vegas.

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Joe Downtown: Danger is who, not what, she is
Joe Downtown: Danger is who, not what, she is
March 26, 2013
The seafoam-rimmed sunglasses and matching bow in her blond hair aren’t right. If you have to put a finger on the problem, it’s her name. “Krissee DANGER.” The name doesn’t fit the glasses and ribbon. It doesn’t fit the person. There appears nothing dangerous about her. Don’t believe me: Take the word of the people she meets almost daily giving tours for the Downtown Project, where she takes visitors even into the private sanctum of Tony Hsieh’s condo on the 23rd floor of the Ogden.

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