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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

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

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

A Walking Tour with VegasTechFund of the Downtown Vegas Startup Scene

If you've been to downtown Las Vegas in the last few years, you've likely been to Fremont Street, specifically the caged section near several historic casinos that hosts a nightly laser light show. But, thanks to the Downtown Project, the neighborhood is now home to a large and diverse concentration of startups, each… » 1/07/14 8:28pm 1/07/14 8:28pm

The Future of Downtown Vegas Is Somewhere in Tony Hsieh's Apartment

I am standing in Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh's apartment in downtown Las Vegas. He's not here. A housekeeper is here. And a dozen strangers are here, taking a tour of the Downtown Project, Hsieh's urban renaissance initiative. A "tour" which, for the most part, takes place right here, in Tony Hsieh's apartment. » 1/07/14 12:40pm 1/07/14 12:40pm

8 Massive Tunnels Being Built Right Now Under A City Near You

Now that we know it was an eight-inch steel pipe that brought the world's largest-diameter tunneling machine to a halt up in Seattle, we can no longer fantasize about Bertha unearthing a five-story-tall buried locomotive. But we can look at something almost as fascinating: The other giant holes that are currently… » 1/07/14 9:20am 1/07/14 9:20am

Exploring the Other Tech Story in Vegas: The Downtown Project

On the way in from the airport, my driver didn't want to drop me at the downtown Las Vegas address that I had provided him. "Oh man, I dunno," he said. "It might not be very… nice." When I explained I was there to cover the revitalization of Las Vegas's urban core he looked at me skeptically in the rearview mirror.… » 1/06/14 5:20pm 1/06/14 5:20pm