MEDIA WATCH: Late yesterday it sounded like shoes were dropping at the Zappos funded Downtown Project, the applied tribal urban development that brought in an ongoing wave of street art in public space . . . 30 percent layoffs was the first reports out on a laundry list of reported changes. RUMOR MILL KILL: Undisclosed insiders were the main cited sources at Las Vegas Weekly until a statement on Downtown Project’s website was posted, stated as being from Tony Hsieh himself . . . It opens with “there are a lot of misleading headlines flying around out there” The post confirms it was “30 positions from our corporate support staff” that were eliminated, not 30 percent of the workforce. "Over 800 people are still employed under the collective operations," said the post.
WINDOW VIEW: Beating the official statement to the web was an open letter to Hsieh by David Gould, who left his position at the University of Iowa to dream with downtown, including The Window's artist in residence program . . . Gould wrote: "Tomorrow, many of the people who merged their voices with yours will find themselves without a job. While their names have yet to be revealed, the disillusioned expressions I conjure up are keeping me awake tonight. This group will undoubtedly include numerous young adults, who have not yet found your good fortune. As they have naively purchased homes and started families, this decision will impact them greatly."
TIME STAMPS: Gould's letter is dated September 29 and was posted at Las Vegas Weekly at noon on September 30. The statement from Hsieh was posted at the end of day on the 30th.