The merits of Downtown
The City of Las Vegas has led a movement to make Downtown a happy place once again. Overall, the area's resurgence has been a success, with an influx of new bars, restaurants, hotels, condos, business, tech startups, and a healthy dose of beautification here and there -- not to mention cool events like the Life is Beautiful festival. The most dramatic move was luring online retail giant Zappos to Downtown, where their headquarters sits inside the old City Hall building. The company and its CEO Tony Hsieh have made a point to be fully involved and have recycled hundreds of millions of dollars back into the community. Their influence has led to the formation of the Downtown Project, a group of business owners and investors who've transformed the area. Some argue their influence is too strong (with a tight grip on the tenants at the Downtown Container Park, for example), while others say we can finally take pride in Downtown again -- and show that it's about much more than Fremont Street.