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Joe Schoenmann

Downtown Las Vegas Reporter

A native Wisconsinite, Joe earned a journalism degree to get out of college early but wanted none of the craft after graduation. Need for a job landed him at small Wisconsin weeklies before moving to Las Vegas in 1997. He has been recognized for his magazine profiles and his investigative stories that exposed police bias against minorities.

Story Archive

  • Joe Downtown

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

    Tom Haskins lived in the conventional world and attained middle-class wealth and status. He didn’t much like it.

  • Joe Downtown

    Monday, April 14, 2014

    downtown liquor store operators on Fremont Street are feeling the squeeze. They put up signs telling people not to open containers inside their stores, they hired security, they warned customers not to drink within 1,000 feet of their stores. But even after all that ...

  • Food

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

    The Downtown Project has taken over Wild, the gluten-free pizza restaurant on the first floor of The Ogden, and has employed a former chef to help ...

  • Joe Downtown

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

    Downtown Project is sitting on buildings and properties until ideas spring up.

  • Joe Downtown

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

    No one is saying exactly when Slotzilla will open, but project managers and engineers are this week testing 175-pound dummies on each of the four lower lines of the zipline attraction at the Fremont Street Experience. Lonnie Reed, principal of Themed Development Management, categorized the ride’s testing as some of the most ...

  • Joe Downtown

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

    A tiny dirt lot in downtown Las Vegas became ground zero for bewildered vehicle owners who found their cars had been towed. Downtown resident John Delibos pulled into the lot and found ...

  • Joe Downtown

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

    A new online magazine and blog focusing on all things fashion-related in Las Vegas launched today. Called FashionFeedLV.com, it is the creation of founder ...

  • Joe Downtown

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

    Pasquale Rotella, whose Insomniac Inc. puts on the popular Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas, has been banned by the city from visiting...

  • Joe Downtown

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

    Is happiness being delivered or are downtown developers just patting themselves on the back?

  • Joe Downtown

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

    Three businesses operated by Future Restaurant Group are moving out of the Downtown Container Park, just a few months after ...

  • Joe Downtown

    Monday, March 31, 2014

    The Huntridge Foundation, which seeks to preserve items from the Huntridge Theater’s past, is opening its office and kicking off its “Memory Project” starting Friday. The new office is in ...

  • Joe Downtown

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

    The police officer has published two books of poetry and has read to fellow officers during briefings ...

  • Joe Downtown

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

    Where is Downtown Las Vegas? That depends on who you ask, and why you’re asking.

  • Joe Downtown

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

    "No one is being 'brainwashed.'"

  • Joe Downtown

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

    The owner of Alios, an architectural and entertainment lighting business, said he got “great exposure” by being at the Container Park, even though his third-floor location gets little visitor traffic. Todd VonBaastians discusses another possible reason business wasn't booming at the outdoor mall.

  • Joe Downtown

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

    Could the monthly arts and culture festival relocate to Fremont East?

  • Joe Downtown

    Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014

    The hotel-casino has eight months to turn its roof into a hockey rink.

  • Joe Downtown

    Monday, Feb. 24, 2014

    Until today, little new information has emerged about renovating the historic Huntridge Theater. But late this morning, a crew with a hydraulic cherry picker began to erect a massive square banner on the building.

  • Joe Downtown

    Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014

    Downtown Project's Rangers don't carry cuffs or guns, but they are trying to create a smile pandemic.

  • Joe Downtown

    Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014

    Two 20-somethings who came to Las Vegas for DTP may move on before their two-year fellowships end.

  • Joe Downtown

    Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014

    His #dreamMakers Twitter idea has taken off—to the tune of thousands of followers.

  • Joe Downtown

    Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014

    There seems to be both pros and cons attached to that nasty buzzword.

  • Joe Downtown

    Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014

    Planning for the next Life Is Beautiful festival began almost as soon as the two-day festival ended in October. But one of the most visible and unexpectedly controversial parts of the festival — its street art program — really got rolling this week.

  • Community

    Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014

    After a University of Iowa class used the city as a laboratory last year, a couple of Ivy Leaguers follow their lead. They visited town last week, meeting with people from small and large businesses, UNLV, government, neighborhood associations, law enforcement and, well, me.

  • Joe Downtown

    Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014

    Among them: "If Downtown is such a great community, why didn’t he feel comfortable enough to reveal his inner anguish to someone?"

  • Joe Downtown

    Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014

    Do people outside the Downtown bubble know what's going on in the neighborhood? Do they care?

  • Breaking News

    Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014

    Plans for a high-rise hotel downtown without a casino will be considered by a city commission next week.

  • Joe Downtown

    Monday, Dec. 23, 2013

    A look back at the year from Life Is Beautiful and SlotZilla to random bag checks at Container Park.

  • Joe Downtown

    Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013

    The stage production is the brainchild of Derek Stonebarger, a minority owner of Downtown's Atomic with a 20-year background in theater, film and television.

  • Joe Downtown

    Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013

    The service is slow to connect and isn't offered in convenient Downtown areas.

  • Joe Downtown

    Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013

    "What bothers me is the idea of who decides what is 'positive' or 'negative' art?"

  • Art

    Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013

    A piece of the Life is Beautiful festival disappeared Tuesday. One of several murals created on downtown buildings for the October festival that celebrated art, music, food and learning was painted over.

  • Joe Downtown

    Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013

    "It’s not the sight of someone sleeping under a tree ... or wherever they happen to pass out from street fatigue or drunkenness; it’s entering a realm where many of the people suffer from mental illness."

  • Joe Downtown

    Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013

    Plans to build an art museum, renovate the Reed Whipple Cultural Center and reopen the Huntridge Theatre are all underway. But who will supply the dough?

  • Joe Downtown

    Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013

    "He’s that rare strain of original cool whose personal vibe becomes a statement that others follow in fashion or thought."

  • Joe Downtown

    Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013

    Downtown — largely East Fremont Street, the Fremont Street Experience and the Arts District — has turned into a center for festivals and events.

  • Joe Downtown

    Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013

    The creation of neo-Downtown as a company town is coming into vogue.

  • Joe Downtown

    Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013

    Barricades were up and police presence was down, but so was business in several east Fremont Street bars last Friday night. Some say that’s the price of success on the first Friday of the month.

  • Joe Downtown

    Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013

    The Life Is Beautiful Festival made the neighborhood feel like a true city. When will it consistently be like that?

  • Joe Downtown

    Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013

    The fight over the name of a Mexican restaurant destined for the Downtown Container Park is over. Pinches Tacos is going to keep its name, despite a Las Vegas councilman’s suggestion to change it.

  • Joe Downtown

    Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013

    A new urban lounge will bring more competition to downtown’s loaded bar scene, but it won’t be located on East Fremont Street, where much of the property is already owned by Downtown Project.

  • Joe Downtown

    Monday, Oct. 28, 2013

    Despite a few minor arrests and injuries, city and police officials said Life is Beautiful was successful and that they'd like to see some parts of it become permanent. Over the two-day event, five people were arrested for misdemeanors and three people suffered minor injuries when a roughly 30-foot tower holding streamers tumbled in the wind at the entrance Sunday. Beyond that, however, the festival appeared to be a roaring success.

  • Joe Downtown

    Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013

    The opening comes six-and-a-half years after the closure of the Lady Luck, which was gutted by investor CIM Group and converted into the Downtown Grand.

  • A&E

    Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013

    The inaugural Life is Beautiful festival downtown continued to run smoothly on its second and final day, with an expected 24,000 attendees flocking to the festival grounds to take in dozens of bands, gourmet eateries, art installations and lectures at the weekendlong celebration. However, the day was not completely without incident. One of the towers at the entrance to the festival on 6th Street at Carson Avenue toppled in the wind around 4:45 p.m. No injuries were reported.

  • Joe Downtown

    Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013

    “We take people who are on the path of hopelessness and get them back on the path of hope.”

  • Joe Downtown

    Monday, Oct. 21, 2013

    Tony Hsieh came off as a modest voice of calm amid former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman’s outspoken ex-mob-lawyer-turned-mayor persona, as both addressed questions about downtown’s rebirth at a luncheon today.

  • A&E

    Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013

    Work on the first of 14 murals to adorn the walls of various downtown buildings has begun.

  • Joe Downtown

    Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013

    The free ride, which has been described as “Burning Man on wheels,” begins at 7 p.m. at the Huntridge Tavern, 1116 E. Charleston Blvd.

  • Joe Downtown

    Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013

    The answer is coming, largely by way of ... Iowa City, Iowa.

  • Joe Downtown

    Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013

    The complex took a big hit with the city's denial of liquor licenses for Krave and Drink & Drag.