Photo Credit: Burning Man 2010, by Tanais Fox

Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh’s vision of revitalizing downtown Las Vegas, “the seedy, largely abandoned areas of Freemont East and Arts Districts north of the strip” is featured in a Fast Company series (Jude Stewart) about emerging entrepreneurial hubs.  The project centers around the theme of community.  Drawing from Zappos strong company culture of exceptional service, Hsieh explains how his recent pursuit applies to an entire city: “culture is to a company as community is to a city, just at a different scale.”  A good example of this fusing of culture and community is evident in a recent story in the Las Vegas Review Journal which covers Hsieh’s recent deal to display, in downtown Las Vegas, “elaborate sculptures and other artwork” from Northern Nevada’s Burning Man festival.  This festival “is a temporary metropolis dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance.”