Our very own Etch A Sketch

Las Vegas

Arriving in Las Vegas, we were greeted with a basket of goodies welcoming us to The Ogden and serving as a survival kit for the week. These goodies ranged from bananas and protein bars to ring pops and the March issue of the Zappos Employee Newsletter.

However, there was one “treat” that was left in this basket that immediately struck me: an Etch A Sketch. In a way, the Etch A Sketch can serve as a metaphorical representation for the manner in which Reimagining Downtown Fellows have worked to build a better downtown. […]

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Finding inspiration in Sin City

Reimagine Downtown

Numerous times over the past two days the Downtown Project workers have discussed the notion of dog years, the ideology that so much can get done in so little time. It is mind-blowing that you can collide with so many inspiring people in just twenty-four hours that you find yourself creatively exhausted, but in a great way. […]

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UI students arrive in Las Vegas, ready to work


The following is part two in a series detailing the efforts of UI students as they work alongside influential Las Vegas entrepreneurs, including Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, to help reimagine the city’s downtown area. Armed with a budget, powerful ideas and knowledgeable contacts, the group will be spending the week out West to turn their ideas into reality. Meanwhile, they’ll be writing about their experiences right here on Little Village Read part one for more details.

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UI Students, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh reimagine Las Vegas

Downtown Vegas

Faced with a senior design project, Avery Bang and four of her civil and environmental engineering classmates proposed a radical idea to their professor: “What if we actually built something?” As Avery says now, “To see something from concept to implementation was not an experience I had ever had, and I was about to graduate as an engineer.” […]

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