My last trip to Downtown Las Vegas I went for a walk down to the 7-11 at fremont just a little past Maryland Parkway. In the past some would never venture down to this area because of the throngs of homeless, prostitutes, drug dealers, and just general ne'er dowells. But this time the trip was a little different. Almost EVERY single motel on the left side of the street from the western just past the 7-11 on Fremont and 15th has been closed down, shuttered, and fenced off. This includes the famous Alicia motel where every room included a free prostitute. (don't ask me how I know this other than to say that I had a friend who lived here for a short period of time and I'll keep his name a secret so as not to out him). My question is....Did Tony Hsieh buy ALL of these little motels??? They are all fenced off. As if they came in and decided to close down all the little cheap rent by the hour operations on fremont. What are his plans for them? Tear down and build housing? Build warehouses for shoes? I feel like two ways about this. #1. This is a good thing. It will "gentrify" downtown and encourage those who were afraid to live here to give it a shot. #2. They are killing the down and out vibe of downtown and it will probably never be the same. which for most people is a good thing but for those who called these little places home they have had to move on and find another place to live. How do ya'll feel about the current state of downtowns transformation. I believe October is the official move in date for Zappos right? So next month downtown will be more hustle and bustle of "locals"?