Revitalized and Re-energized
Downtown is the central business district of Las Vegas, Nevada. It is the original townsite and gambling district of Las Vegas, prior to the Strip, and the area still incorporates downtown gaming. As the urban core of the Las Vegas Valley, it features a variety of hotel and business skyscrapers, cultural centers, historical buildings, and government institutions as well as residential and retail developments. Downtown is located in the center of the Las Vegas Valley and just north of the Las Vegas Strip, centered on Fremont Street, the Fremont Street Experience and Fremont East.
The Downtown Project
With the help of Tony Hsieh, founder of Zappos, the Downtown Project has allocated $350 million to aid in the revitalization of Downtown Las Vegas. They plan on investing $200 million in real estate, $50 million in small businesses, $50 million in education, and $50 million in tech startups through the Vegas Tech Fund. Zappo’s recently moved their corporate headquarters to downtown Las Vegas from Henderson in order to directly build on the Downtown Project’s work.
Fremont Street Experience
Fremont Street is home to most of downtown’s hotels and casinos. These are the original casinos of Las Vegas and existed before the famous Las Vegas Strip. Featuring several historical hotel casinos in a more urban setting, it offers a more intimate and vintage experience compared to that of the Strip. The Fremont Street Experience is a canopied street of the downtown area where casinos have been connected to the street and to each other in a unique visual manner. With more than 2 million lights and a state-of-the-art sound system, the Fremont Street Experience brings nightly shows through the world’s largest audio-video system. The $70 million attraction features the ultimate in multisensory entertainment. It also brings a variety of exciting special events, cuisine, special entertainment and live concerts throughout the year.