f the concept of American schools were reinvented, it might look something like 9th Bridge School. Located in a renovated church at the corner of Ninth Street and Bridger Avenue in downtown Las Vegas, 9th Bridge represents a bold new experiment in school design.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.