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Downtown Revitalization - The Role Of A Billionaire

Downtown Revitalization – The Role Of A Billionaire

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Texas

In downtown Las Vegas Nevada recently I visited a small business that is the opposite of everything we normally associate with Sin City. The small business made me think about the role of both visionary billionaires and geography to city revitalization. The small, serious, bookstore The Writer’s Block opened last year as part of The [&hellip

Downtown Revitalization - The Limited Role of Government

Downtown Revitalization – The Limited Role of Government

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Texas

I wrote previously about the Downtown Project for Las Vegas NV that I think folks in my hometown should pay attention to. I enjoyed visiting the nascent Las Vegas Downtown Project because it made me reflect on my original questions: How do cities die? And how do cities renew themselves? I’m a ‘market-based capitalism’ guy [&hellip

Audio Interview with Wendy Kowalik Part III - Happiness, Pyschology, and Gender

Audio Interview with Wendy Kowalik Part III – Happiness, Pyschology, and Gender

By The Banker | Audio Posts, Investing, Personal Finance, Texas

Please see Part I with Wendy Kowalik, on fees, and Part II with Wendy Kowalik, on Insurance and Getting Rich Slowly Michael:          Hi, my name is Michael and I used to be a banker. Wendy:            Hi, Michael. My name is Wendy Kowalik, I founded Predico Partners. We’re a financial consulting firm. On Happiness Michael:   [&hellip

Las Vegas Downtown Monoculture Problem

Las Vegas Downtown Monoculture Problem

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Texas

I recently visited Las Vegas, NV. I did this in part to lose money at the poker tables, and in part to check out the Las Vegas “Downtown Project” that I’ve read about in recent years. I visited with two questions in mind. First, how does part of a city die? Second, how do you [&hellip

Las Vegas Tourists And The Downtown Project Antidote

Las Vegas Tourists And The Downtown Project Antidote

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Texas

 Who Killed Las Vegas? I recently stayed at a hotel and lost money at the poker tables in Las Vegas[1] situated squarely in the downtown monoculture of the Fremont Experience. The Fremont Experience is as you would expect – flashing lights, zip-lines, elderly men in Borat-style mankinis – and good for the 36 hours (maximum!) [&hellip