Published: Thursday, Nov. 8 2007 12:00 a.m. MST
And after all of the above, of trying to rid themselves of the "dirty railroad
town" image, they name their fake downtown The Junction, after the railroad.It's been tried before, in different ways. Before The Junction, there
was a mall with one of (or THE) first Nordstrom stores in Utah. Ogden's
populace didn't support any of that, either.....and it was redeveloped. Now,
there's still no shopping but a few elites can now power-climb and play
downtown.Meanwhile, we're all still driving to far south SLC where
we can shop at Nordstrom, and visit higher-quality merchants.
GO OGDEN!!!!You can recreate yourself! I am with you all the way!!!
Great work Ogden - glad to see so much happening up there. Keep the momentum up!
Not enough Restaurants in Ogden. Have to go to Riverdale to find any
national-chain restaurants--and those are always packed! Ogden needs to add
more eating choices in the Junction.
Odgen is no longer the armpit of Utah. Downtown ROCKS. I work in the city's
center and am delighted with how the Salomon Center has turned out. I love
bringing my visitors to Ogden-- the new movie theatre is amazing, the little
shops on 25th are still kicking, and indoor skydiving? Are you kidding? How
cool is that? And FYI 'Joe' there is life beyond the national chain
restaurant-- Union Station has always been my favorite. El Matador has killer
chips & salsa.
Why drive to eat the same meal yet one more time at some lifeless chain
restaurant when you can eat at one of the many locally owned restaurants lining
25th Street? One of Ogden's main charms is the lack of chain restaurants
downtown. Who needs 'em?
good for ogden - i've always seen it's potential and can't wait til my next trip
back to see all the progress and try out some of the cool new things!
Ten years ago I interviewed for a job in Ogden, and while I grew up there, I
couldn't bring myself to move back and passed on the job. It's good to see what
has happened since. If Mayor Godfrey ends up losing the election, I hope the new
mayor will have enough sense not to turn her back on what has been accomplished.
Um... KP.. the election was yesterday, and Godfrey did win.I think
it's a good thing. Many people were skeptical about the price tag on The
Junction/Salomon center (justifiably so), but you've got to take risks and do
things that aren't being done in other places.Personally, I love
what they're doing. When they tore down the old mall, I thought "Great. More
space to build cheap Chinese buffets, Dollar stores, and Payday Loan stores."
That's all we've ever had in Ogden. The key will be getting people from all
over to come up and use the facilities, because it won't survive on local
patronage alone.I also worry about how it will do during the winter.
Some of the activities (particularly the surfing) may not seem so appealing
when it's 30 degrees outside. Or maybe it will, who knows? The consumer is a
fickle beast.The arcade is kind of lame, I'm sorry to say. Too many
stupid ticket-winning games. I think the bumper car attraction will be gone by
next year, too.
My nephew came to visit a couple of weeks ago and we took him to the Junction.
His comment: "I wished they something like this in San Jose. . ." Now that SLC
has a Davis county friendly mayor, prideful "Laytonites" or whatever that was
can support their "high end" businesses. We'll continue to support our Mayberry
The elections are still non conclusive Ryan, but the truth is there is a core of
dedicated, involved people who will work with whatever administration is in
place to keep Ogden moving forward. I salute the GOAL Foundation for it's vision
and vigor and the local business people who keep making good things happen in
Larry is right, Ryan. Provisional and absentee ballots will not be counted until
11/13/07 and the election is too close to call. Godfrey may have been
instrumental in helping to foster growth and turn things around, but you need to
give credit to PRIVATE businesses locating here too- especially those who are
doing it without the public being responsible for building them new facilities.
Taxpayers are responsible for making payments on the Salomon Center if the
I live in Arizona, and first heard about Ogden in an Adventure magazine. I
drove (twelve hours) up to Ogden with my 13-year-old son and went crazy for it!
I met some wonderful real estate people, Larry and Bill with Provedent Partners
Real Estate. I made some real estate investments with their help and I know it
will pan out just great! I am very excited!
I moved from Park City to the Upper Ogden Valley (where Snowbasin, Powder Mtn.
and Wolf Mountain are) because of the incredible natural beauty of the area and
the incredible recreation. Then I began to feel the buzz of Mayor Godfrey's high
adventure vision and knew I had made the right decision. Now, the hip city of
Ogden and the resort areas in the Uppper ogden Valley are working in unison to
bring sporting and high adventure events to augement the excitement of all the
ski related firms that have moved here and added to the "hipness" of the region.
I took my stepdaugher Lindsey Van, who is the #2 Nordic Ski Jumper in the world,
to the Salomon Center last week and she was blown away. She competes all over
the world and she said it was the "coolest place" she'd EVER been. She can't
wait to come climb the ice tower when it's complete.Great article Ray! You
Go Ogden! It's about time to get life in this quaint town. If I was planning an
exciting vacation to a new spot, I'd certainly give this area a try!
Thank You Mayor Godfrey....You are a visionary and it seems the good times have
just begun to roll for the renaissance of our wonderful town.
What an amazing transformation! Mayor Godfrey deserves the lion's share of the
thanks, yes there have been many contributing, however, IT takes a visionary and
he is the principle one who dogged the ski companies, fought and won many
battles with the no growth, stick your head in the sand old guard who are so
afraid of success that they attempt to stand in the way of progress or change.
We now have wonderful new opportunities for our youth, high paying jobs,
national and international recognition. He is building a tax base tied to new
business which will limit or eliminate future tax increases with up scale jobs
that encourage new blood to come into this community. Anyone out there who
hasn't been in Ogden for years, please come back and see the new improved Ogden,
it is a happening place.
Why live anywhere else? Utah looks like Hawaii in the summer...you can surf
here and ski in the same day! Best of all world right here within an hour! I
realize some may enjoy balmy temps year round, but for island transplants like
myself...this is the life! Still not quite a college town but a good respite to
"2 hours to somewhere" country-dom.
This really is the place... I've lived in southern Cali and traveled many places
but never have i seen so much on 1 block. This is the place dreams are made.
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