Las Vegas visionary Tony Hsieh: The future of downtown in his absence Joe Bartels, KTNV-TV · March 4, 2021 at 5:59 am Shoe mogul Tony Hsieh delivered on a vision to change downtown Las Vegas and his lasting legacy lives on in new projects and the trajectory of a city that’s been changed for decades to come but there are now questions about what happens now since Tony’s death. The vibe and feeling downtown is alive and thriving. East Fremont Street is in the middle of a major enhancement project called Project Enchilada. Project Enchilada set out to bring green, open space, illumination and overall stabilization to East Fremont Street from Las Vegas Boulevard to 14th Street. Circa Hotel and Casino opened its doors to become the first new resort to be built from the ground up in downtown Las Vegas since 1980. The growth of downtown continues despite the recent economic downturn. New apartments are going up in the shadows of the Smith Center for the Performing Arts, as well as in the Arts District. There’s more optimism and signs there’s more to come.