The fascinating underworld living in flood channels beneath Las Vegas

Around 400 people live inside the flood channels underneath Las Vegas and it's such a fascinating underworld that is so different from the neon-lit indulgence and styrofoam extravagance that Sin City is known for. Matthew O'Brien has been visiting the community for 12 years and takes a tour of it in this video. » 3/27/15 9:58am Friday 9:58am

What I Found At The Biggest Gun Show In Vegas

The annual Las Vegas Shooting Hunting and Outdoor Trade show is the biggest gun show in America, attracting 33,000 people each year. And Sarah Palin. I was about the only visitor not wearing a pistol, but I did manage to find some neat new stuff. » 2/20/15 4:40pm 2/20/15 4:40pm

This Cyberpunk Landscape is Actually The Skyline of Las Vegas

This futuristic night view of Las Vegas was captured from a Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Super Hercules when it was landing after a training mission, during Red Flag 15-1 at Nellis Air Force Base, on February 9th 2015. [Senior Airman Thomas Spangler/U.S. Air Force] » 2/19/15 5:00am 2/19/15 5:00am

Amazing aerial photos show Las Vegas like you have never seen it before

After capturing the most amazing images of New York ever, Vincent Laforet is using the same technology to photograph other major cities around the world. This is Las Vegas. The results are even crazier than NYC—with this unprecedented clarity and from this vantage point, Sin City looks like the world of Tron. Unreal. » 2/10/15 3:55am 2/10/15 3:55am

This Car and Bike Sharing App Picks The Best Transit Mode For Your Trip

There's one problem with many car and bike sharing programs: By the time you've decided where to go, you're already locked into a transportation mode. You're either waiting for a cab to pick you up, making your way to a kiosk of bikes, or unlocking a nearby ZipCar. What if you could tell an app what you needed to do… » 12/04/14 12:58pm 12/04/14 12:58pm

You Can't Build a City Like a Startup: What the Downtown Project Missed

At the CityLab summit in LA yesterday—right about the time that Tony Hsieh's Downtown Project was supposedly laying off a third of its staff—I was having a conversation with a young, excitable urbanist who was heading to Vegas to see the Zappos CEO's $350 million instant neighborhood in the city's revitalized downtown… » 10/01/14 5:45pm 10/01/14 5:45pm

This Giant "Straw" Will Suck Vegas's Water From the Desert

Las Vegas gets 90 percent of its water from Lake Mead, the lake created by the Hoover Dam about 45 miles away. It's also a lake that's only half full—with water levels that are decreasing every year. Now the city must dig a massive tunnel that will dip deeper into the lake to ensure Las Vegas's water supply doesn't… » 6/12/14 6:40pm 6/12/14 6:40pm

Vegas Is Tearing Down This Empty Hotel That Never Opened

If you've visited Vegas anytime since 2009, you've likely seen the empty hotel. It doesn't have any signage; instead, it is often swaddled in ads, like the world's priciest billboard—a bloated Cirque du Soleil-wrapped blue whale hovering over the Strip for four lonely years. Now a court ruling is finally putting the… » 5/08/14 4:41pm 5/08/14 4:41pm

Zappos Isn't a Cult? All Tony Hsieh's Friends Got Matching Tattoos

Online retailer Zappos is known for its zany, zealous corporate culture. But one stunt seems to bridge the gap from "culture" to "cult": For CEO Tony Hsieh's 40th birthday party, his inner circle of friends—apparently calling themselves "Zapponians"—all got the same tattoo. » 2/24/14 7:30pm 2/24/14 7:30pm

Escape From Las Vegas: My Weekend Being Fake-Kidnapped in Sin City

In the meeting room of a La Quinta hotel on the northernmost outskirts of Las Vegas, near the entrance to Nellis Air Force Base, the company OnPoint Tactical hosted the most recent iteration of their "Urban Escape & Evasion" course. » 2/11/14 11:20am 2/11/14 11:20am

Moby wants you to join his perpetual pool party in Los Angeles, and a group of scientists wants China to use "spatial economics" to design more walkable cities. Plus: informal transit in Nairobi, a failed utopia in California, radical ideas for the Vegas of 2034, and a significant prehistoric site that's currently… » 2/10/14 12:40pm 2/10/14 12:40pm

How the Super Bowl failed its transit-riding attendees, an L.A. museum that collects houses, and why Monarch butterflies are dying (spoiler: because of us). Plus a McDonald's in Queens, Millennials in St. Louis, and biking in Las Vegas. It's time for your weekly Urban Reads. » 2/03/14 3:45pm 2/03/14 3:45pm

Evangelical Urbanism: A Review of the Downtown Project's Vegas Revival

As the story goes, Las Vegas was built by Mormons and mobsters. This unlikely team worked together to bring gambling to a place almost exclusively populated by men constructing the Hoover Dam. Their work turned a tiny sun-baked town into a global phenomenon. » 1/16/14 12:00pm 1/16/14 12:00pm

Build For Locals and Tourists Will Come: Vegas's Plan for Its Downtown

Between the Downtown Project's area and the Arts District is the new Las Vegas City Hall, a gleaming mirage of a building surrounded by a forest of photovoltaics. This is where the city leadership moved after it leased its old City Hall to Tony Hsieh's company Zappos—a move that you can't help but imbue with some… » 1/13/14 11:30am 1/13/14 11:30am

Another Vegas Neighborhood In Transition: Looking at the Arts District

About 1.5 miles southwest of the Downtown Project's cluster of development in Las Vegas is another creative neighborhood going through changes. It's named 18b. » 1/12/14 4:00pm 1/12/14 4:00pm

Are Other Vegas Businesses Benefiting from the Downtown Project?

The oldest freestanding bar in Vegas is Atomic Liquors, built in 1952, back when you could climb onto the roof and watch atomic bombs explode at desert test sites 60 miles away. If you sit long enough at its expansive bar, chances are Kent Johns will pull up a stool next to you and tell you about it. » 1/10/14 6:26pm 1/10/14 6:26pm

How the Downtown Project Is Solving Vegas's Urban Problems In-House

When I meet Josh Westerhold at the offices of Project 100, the Las Vegas urban mobility startup that's funded by the Downtown Project, we decide it would probably make sense to head out into downtown Vegas to tour their project area in person. From the other room, his co-worker has an even better idea: "Take the… » 1/09/14 3:40pm 1/09/14 3:40pm

Visiting the Downtown Project's New Vegas Parks: Pretty, But Private

On the Downtown Project's website, among several lofty goals—such as adding ground-level density and creating passionate communities for downtown Las Vegas—one goal sticks out as a bit different, if not simply odd: "Create the shipping container capital of the world." » 1/08/14 7:55pm 1/08/14 7:55pm

Hoover Dam Is a Super-Gadget That Keeps the Lights in Vegas Burning

One of the ironies of CES, hosted here in Las Vegas, is that the largest and perhaps most spectacular gadget we could all be covering is nearly 80 years old, weighs 6.6 million tons, and supplies much of the electricity fueling the devices on display at the trade show. » 1/08/14 7:24pm 1/08/14 7:24pm