July 26, 2013
Sarah Austin has made it her goal to expose the world of tech startups to the rest of America through Internet and television. That was one of the major motivations that drove her to create her own D7TV series, Party Crashers.
However, after crashing countless Silicon Valley parties, Austin decided to go one step further. Her blog, Pop17, features headline interviews with business owners and Internet personalities at tech events and parties.
So, it was no surprise when she took an interest in the Downtown Project. Austin has seen urban renewal from multiple perspectives through her personal urban renewal work as well as watching her father’s government engineering work. In her experience, there is typically some friction between developers and communities as urban renewal gets underway. However, in Downtown Vegas, Austin finds the opposite to be true; developers have integrated a deep level of care for the community as they build and renew – with a lot of positive change to show for it.
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