I wonder how many CEOs have considered the move that Link Exchange cofounder and Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh is making?
Ditch the office park. Forget the corporate campus. Move all the staff downtown. Reinvest in cities, in walkable neighborhoods. Accelerate opportunities for collisions (of ideas), community formation, and co-learning.
Hsieh’s campus vision, as described in the Downtown Project slide above and in his “City as a Startup” talk, was inspired by New York University, in the heart of Manhattan. The project aims to invest $350 million in downtown Las Vegas.
From a December 21st editorial (“Downtown visionary“) in the Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Every city in America pushing for downtown investment should be so fortunate to have someone as motivated, capable and wealthy as Mr. Hsieh to make things happen. …
The lone shortcoming of Mr. Hsieh’s campaign? By now he should have some high-profile help. He needs other private-sector partners in his work. Who’ll step forward to join him?
From a December 20th article (“Hsieh makes $45 million in property deals downtown”) in the Casino City Times:
With new deals in place for about $45 million in downtown Las Vegas property, the real estate buying phase of Zappos chief Tony Hsieh’s Downtown Project is nearly complete.
Subsidiaries of The Downtown Project, Hsieh’s vehicle for reviving downtown Las Vegas, closed deals this week for 14 properties just east of Las Vegas Boulevard.