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Rich Demato leads a group of parents and children Wednesday night at the site of an old Baptist church that in August will become a school funded by Downtown Project. The tuition-based school will be open to everyone.
Zappos school planning builds 'excitement around education'
Dec. 13, 2012
This is how you make a school. At least, it’s how you make a school when Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh and the Downtown Project are involved.

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Joe Downtown: Demolition to begin on former 7-Eleven
Dec. 12, 2012
Demolition of some of the interior of the massive building that occupies almost a half-acre on Fremont Street and Las Vegas Boulevard will begin Wednesday.
Eat restaurant owner Natalie Young plates lunches at her restaurant in downtown Las Vegas on Wednesday, October 24, 2012.
Meeting with Zappos chief put chef on fast track toward becoming restaurateur
Nov. 22, 2012
Natalie Young was done with casino work. But last year when she quit her job as executive chef for a major casino, she had no idea where she was going and she didn’t have another chef’s job lined up. “I was just done with that business,” the 48-year-old said. “I think I might have been on my way to Santa Fe.” That’s when Las Vegas’ reputation as a major city with a small-town feel kicked in. It’s also when Young became one of the first benefactors of the “downtown experiment” that online retailer Zappos had begun in announcing its headquarters’ ...

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'Grand Theft Auto' video game developer eyes move to downtown Las Vegas
Nov. 1, 2012
Take-Two Interactive, the software company behind one of the biggest series in video-gaming, “Grand Theft Auto,” wants to move some of its operations into downtown Las Vegas.

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Roboticist Adam Setapen demonstrates a face-following function of the new Romo smartphone robot at the Romotive "Software Cave" in downtown Las Vegas Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012. The new Romo with enhanced features can be ordered on kickstarter.com and is featured in the Neiman Marcus Holiday catalog.
Startups finding success with boost from Vegas Tech Fund
Oct. 30, 2012
Call it the little robot that could — with a little help from its friends. Romo, a plastic robot on rubber treads operated remotely with a smartphone, is leading its young developers into new territory, not only for them but for almost any Las Vegas-based business. Place your smartphone into a jack on top of Romo, and with another smartphone or computer, you can remotely move the robot — even if it's halfway around the world. So, a grandma in Las Vegas could operate a Romo being played with by her granddaughter in China.

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An artist's rendering of the shipping container development planned for Seventh and East Fremont.
Shipping Container Park OK'd for Fremont Street
Oct. 17, 2012
A shipping container park at Fremont and Seventh streets, the idea of Downtown Project and Zappos owner Tony Hsieh, won approval Wednesday from the Las Vegas City Council and is expected to open in 2013.

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Zappos employees Graham Kahr, a social scientist, and Ashley Kahr, a receptionist, walk to the parking garage on Stewart Avenue from the Zappos temporary offices on Carson Avenue. A security guard follows behind them in downtown Las Vegas on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012. Graham Kahr said he's a downtowner by choice and this is home to him, "a place where I feel safest."
Zappos' employees finding downtown's no Corporate Circle in Henderson
Oct. 4, 2012
Barely 10 steps beyond the door of Zappos’ Downtown Project office, Krissee Danger walks past a man who asks for a spare cigarette as she pulls one out of her purse. “This is my last one,” she says. Would she have given one if she had more? “No.” A block farther, a homeless man, burnished and brown from sun and dirt, has his blackened brown shorts unbuttoned and open.

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‘Screamont Experiment’ hopes to cash in on Las Vegas’ haunted house craze
Sept. 30, 2012
Like the rest of the country, Las Vegas is taking full advantage of the nation’s thirst for the undead, monsters and hacked body parts drenched in fake blood, the bounty that comes with lavish indulgence in the Halloween season. In 2011, estimates put the national take from the Halloween business around $6 billion. Customers buy costumes, makeup and hanging skeletons and monsters like a starving man devours food. Then there are the haunted houses.

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On Casino Center Drive during a bus tour of downtown Las Vegas real estate projects on Thursday, September 13, 2012.
The Zappos effect: Companies follow the retailer downtown
Sept. 24, 2012
The economic revival sweeping downtown Las Vegas has ushered into the area restaurants, bars, entrepreneurs and residents. High-rise towers are filling up with renters and ground-floor tenants. Bars are taking over vacant buildings. New restaurant ideas are being hatched, and tech startups might soon outnumber casinos. Much of the activity is centered around Zappos, the online shoe and clothing retailer moving downtown from Henderson late next year and bringing with it hundreds of young, well-heeled employees.
An artist's rendering of the shipping container development planned for Seventh and East Fremont.
Less litter cluttering the Strip as Metro begins handing out warnings
Sept. 16, 2012
It has been a little more than a month since Clark County commissioners approved a litter ordinance largely targeting the men and women who distribute “girls-to-your-room”-type cards to tourists.

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Designer shoes serve as decorations atop cubicle walls at the corporate offices of Zappos.com in Henderson.
Zappos opening a pop-up shop in the Cosmopolitan
Sept. 10, 2012
Zappos is moving into its first casino with a pop-up store and giveaways for gamblers of up to $10,000 inside the Cosmopolitan.
Las Vegas council hopes to replicate downtown progress in new redevelopment district
Aug. 15, 2012
Stretches of Las Vegas streets totalling some 883 acres were designated today as a new redevelopment area with hopes that the kind of economic renaissance happening in downtown’s redevelopment area will be duplicated.

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Jay Hernandez in 2006's "Hostel."
Strip Scribbles: Goretorium, ‘Evil Dead the Musical,’ Criss Angel, Zappos, ‘Fantasy’
July 8, 2012
“The Goretorium will be a destination for horror fans and tourists from around the world 365 days a year,” director Eli Roth said. “We are creating ...
Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos.com, poses in the Ogden in downtown Las Vegas Thursday, June 7, 2012.
Finally buying into the Zappos hype
June 20, 2012
As a journalist, my job is to be skeptical, and given the incessant flimflammery in Las Vegas, I think I was entitled to be extra wary of the Tony Hsieh-Zappos-downtown craze. My outlook is deeply influenced by the “Simpsons” episode when the charismatic charlatan Lyle Lanley sells Springfield a rickety monorail (sound familiar?), so I always try to question what’s in that delicious Kool-Aid. For years I’ve been reading glowing profiles of Hsieh, the prodigy founder of an Internet company he sold to Microsoft for millions before becoming CEO of online retailer Zappos.

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What's behind Tony Hsieh's unrelenting drive to remake downtown Las Vegas?
What's behind Tony Hsieh's unrelenting drive to remake downtown Las Vegas?
April 20, 2012
By now all of Las Vegas knows that Tony Hsieh, the CEO of Zappos, is intensely interested and invested in downtown. He is moving his company there. He’s using a chunk of his fortune to help transform the urban core.

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