Freewheeling Discussion on Science of Cities with Zappo’s Tony Hsieh and SFI’s Geoffrey West

Zappo’s CEO Tony Hsieh. Courtesy photo


In 2011, Zappo’s CEO Tony Hsieh announced a $350 million effort called The Downtown Project to rejuvenate Las Vegas, Nev.’s downtown, home to some lower-end casinos and motels and not a whole lot else.

His plan is to spend much of his own personal fortune to transform this lifeless area about a mile north of the neon blitz of the Strip into a thriving, vibrant and connected urban core. Hsieh will discuss his ambitious project, successes and challenges along the way, and lessons Santa Fe might learn from this extraordinary urban experiment.

SFI’s Geoffrey West. Courtesy photo

Following the short lecture, Hsieh will join SFI Distinguished Professor Geoffrey West for a freewheeling discussion on the science of cities, which West has described as “cauldrons of innovation, ideas and wealth creation.”

This event is 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3 at the James A. Little Theater, 1060 Cerrillos Road in Santa Fe. It is hosted by the Santa Fe Institute, Creative Santa Fe and St. John’s College. Tickets are required and available through Tickets Santa Fe and the Lensic box office, or by calling 505.988.1234.  We recommend you purchase tickets immediately as we expect this event to sell out quickly.

NOTE: This lecture starts at 6 p.m., Sept. 3 and is not part of SFI’s Community Lecture Series.

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