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  • Joe Downtown

    Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

    After two years of covering the Valley's hottest 'hood, columnist Joe Schoenmann is moving on.

  • Joe Downtown

    Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014

    Does manufacturing project Factorli's demise signify a lack of planning on Downtown Project's part?

  • Joe Downtown

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

    Downtown Project's purchase of the land Atomic Liquors sits on has many scratching their heads.

  • Joe Downtown

    Friday, July 18, 2014

    Downtown Project made them an offer they couldn’t refuse. Sitting at his usual bar stool Thursday night in the bar at 917 Fremont St., co-owner Kent Johns said the sale won’t change the operations because he and his brother remain in control. “We’re still running the bar,” he said.

  • Joe Downtown

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

    In June, President Obama singled out Jen McCabe, saying Las Vegas could become the center for “a revolution … in American manufacturing.”

  • Joe Downtown

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

    Jerad and Amanda Miller, who gunned down three people last weekend, were reportedly street entertainers on the Strip and Fremont.

  • Joe Downtown

    Wednesday, June 4, 2014

    The neighborhood experiences a tragic loss and a brutal app allows bash-friendly conversation.

  • Joe Downtown

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

    Can the Zappos workforce sustain all the area's new businesses?

  • Joe Downtown

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

    Ultimately, only 12 dispensaries will be allowed within Las Vegas city limits. There are no numerical limits on cultivation and production facilities beyond distance separation ...

  • Joe Downtown

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

    The belief that drink-fueled problems in the five-block Fremont Street Experience are caused by package liquor sales prompted the Las Vegas City Council to crack down, toughening laws on ...

  • Joe Downtown

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

    According to the coffee table book, the Golden Nugget is no longer in existence. Hmm...

  • Joe Downtown

    Monday, May 19, 2014

    Questions about the risk Las Vegas might take on if it invests $1 million in historic Huntridge Theater fell to impassioned speeches from neighbors about ...

  • Joe Downtown

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

    With just nine days before early voting begins, eight of nine men vying to become the next sheriff answered questions Thursday night on everything from police use of force on people — and animals — to immigration and ...

  • Downtown

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

    Huntridge Revival wants $1 million in public funding to move forward with renovating the historic theater.

  • Joe Downtown

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

    Phil Pascal and Demont Daniel brought the party to Picnic on a recent Friday.

  • Joe Downtown

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

    The Centennial Commission was to consider a grant request from the Downtown institution earlier this week.

  • Joe Downtown

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

    Posted online less than a week, a petition against horse-drawn carriage rides in Las Vegas had collected some 5,400 electronic signatures by Thursday afternoon. Of the most recent 1,000 signatures, only 30, or 3 percent, were ...

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

    Horse-drawn carriages, pedicabs and a Disney trolley. All could be coming to Downtown.

  • Joe Downtown

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

    Tom Haskins lived in the conventional world and attained middle-class wealth and status. He didn’t much like it.

  • Joe Downtown

    Monday, April 14, 2014

    downtown liquor store operators on Fremont Street are feeling the squeeze. They put up signs telling people not to open containers inside their stores, they hired security, they warned customers not to drink within 1,000 feet of their stores. But even after all that ...

  • Food

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

    The Downtown Project has taken over Wild, the gluten-free pizza restaurant on the first floor of The Ogden, and has employed a former chef to help ...

  • Joe Downtown

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

    No one is saying exactly when Slotzilla will open, but project managers and engineers are this week testing 175-pound dummies on each of the four lower lines of the zipline attraction at the Fremont Street Experience. Lonnie Reed, principal of Themed Development Management, categorized the ride’s testing as some of the most ...

  • Joe Downtown

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

    Downtown Project is sitting on buildings and properties until ideas spring up.

  • Joe Downtown

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

    A tiny dirt lot in downtown Las Vegas became ground zero for bewildered vehicle owners who found their cars had been towed. Downtown resident John Delibos pulled into the lot and found ...

  • Joe Downtown

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

    A new online magazine and blog focusing on all things fashion-related in Las Vegas launched today. Called FashionFeedLV.com, it is the creation of founder ...

  • Joe Downtown

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

    Pasquale Rotella, whose Insomniac Inc. puts on the popular Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas, has been banned by the city from visiting...

  • Joe Downtown

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

    Is happiness being delivered or are downtown developers just patting themselves on the back?

  • Joe Downtown

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

    Three businesses operated by Future Restaurant Group are moving out of the Downtown Container Park, just a few months after ...

  • Joe Downtown

    Monday, March 31, 2014

    The Huntridge Foundation, which seeks to preserve items from the Huntridge Theater’s past, is opening its office and kicking off its “Memory Project” starting Friday. The new office is in ...

  • Joe Downtown

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

    The police officer has published two books of poetry and has read to fellow officers during briefings ...

  • Joe Downtown

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

    Where is Downtown Las Vegas? That depends on who you ask, and why you’re asking.

  • Joe Downtown

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

    "No one is being 'brainwashed.'"

  • Joe Downtown

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

    The owner of Alios, an architectural and entertainment lighting business, said he got “great exposure” by being at the Container Park, even though his third-floor location gets little visitor traffic. Todd VonBaastians discusses another possible reason business wasn't booming at the outdoor mall.

  • Joe Downtown

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

    Could the monthly arts and culture festival relocate to Fremont East?

  • Joe Downtown

    Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014

    The hotel-casino has eight months to turn its roof into a hockey rink.

  • Joe Downtown

    Monday, Feb. 24, 2014

    Until today, little new information has emerged about renovating the historic Huntridge Theater. But late this morning, a crew with a hydraulic cherry picker began to erect a massive square banner on the building.

  • Joe Downtown

    Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014

    Downtown Project's Rangers don't carry cuffs or guns, but they are trying to create a smile pandemic.

  • Joe Downtown

    Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014

    Two 20-somethings who came to Las Vegas for DTP may move on before their two-year fellowships end.

  • Joe Downtown

    Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014

    His #dreamMakers Twitter idea has taken off—to the tune of thousands of followers.

  • Joe Downtown

    Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014

    There seems to be both pros and cons attached to that nasty buzzword.

  • Joe Downtown

    Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014

    Planning for the next Life Is Beautiful festival began almost as soon as the two-day festival ended in October. But one of the most visible and unexpectedly controversial parts of the festival — its street art program — really got rolling this week.

  • Community

    Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014

    After a University of Iowa class used the city as a laboratory last year, a couple of Ivy Leaguers follow their lead. They visited town last week, meeting with people from small and large businesses, UNLV, government, neighborhood associations, law enforcement and, well, me.

  • Joe Downtown

    Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014

    Among them: "If Downtown is such a great community, why didn’t he feel comfortable enough to reveal his inner anguish to someone?"

  • Joe Downtown

    Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014

    Do people outside the Downtown bubble know what's going on in the neighborhood? Do they care?

  • Breaking News

    Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014

    Plans for a high-rise hotel downtown without a casino will be considered by a city commission next week.

  • Joe Downtown

    Monday, Dec. 23, 2013

    A look back at the year from Life Is Beautiful and SlotZilla to random bag checks at Container Park.

  • Joe Downtown

    Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013

    The stage production is the brainchild of Derek Stonebarger, a minority owner of Downtown's Atomic with a 20-year background in theater, film and television.

  • Joe Downtown

    Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013

    The service is slow to connect and isn't offered in convenient Downtown areas.

  • Joe Downtown

    Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013

    "What bothers me is the idea of who decides what is 'positive' or 'negative' art?"

  • Art

    Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013

    A piece of the Life is Beautiful festival disappeared Tuesday. One of several murals created on downtown buildings for the October festival that celebrated art, music, food and learning was painted over.