The Glorious Reurbanization of America

The Beat coffeehouse in Downtown Las Vegas

ReViva Las Vegas 

In April I traveled to Las Vegas with many of my fellow Venture for America fellows to attend a small conference called “City as a Startup.” The conference was generally about the potential for startups to revitalize the many American cities that have failed to recover fully from the desolation of suburbanization, deindustrialization, and white flight in the 60s, 70s, and 80s, and more specifically about the Downtown Project, veteran entrepreneur and Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh’s ambitious attempt to bring back sin city’s original center with $350 million of his own money.