In 2013, taking measure of Tony Hsieh’s Downtown Project will require less speculation and more observation. As once-gauzy plans come to fruition, a health clinic will begin taking patients and a business park will emerge from shipping containers. And, if Connie Yeh succeeds, a preschool will open in a former church building on the corner of Ninth Street and Bridger Avenue.
Many eyes will be on her effort as she sets out to accomplish an unorthodox mission. How will she, using the ample resources of the Downtown Project, design a private preschool that represents a meaningful and significant departure from traditional models? It’s especially intriguing because the 30-year-old director of education initiatives for Downtown Project has no background in education.