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Weekend Escape: Downtown Las Vegas is on a winning streak these days
Weekend Escape: Downtown Las Vegas is on a winning streak these days

The fortunes of downtown Sin City have waxed and waned, but now, thanks largely to a shoe salesman, Old Las Vegas is on a hot streak. Zappos Chief Executive Tony Hsieh is not only leading the Downtown Project to transform the area, he's also moved his company's headquarters here and is investing millions to build a district filled with "entrepreneurial and creative people." For me, the best part is that the budding community mixes the old with the new, adding a fresh layer to downtown's old-school vibe. (Zappos, for example, retooled the former city hall building for its offices.) The tab: Weekend room rates start at $89 at the Downtown Grand; my husband and I...

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