You know, I noticed you carefully avoided mentioned the results about 13% of the
respondents, which may have responded negatively.Frankly, I would
fall into that category. The reasons: I find much downtown overpriced, from
restaurants to shopping and since many of the chains have stores closer to me,
they do not have much of a draw for me.Another reason is maybe
somewhat unfair, but I remember some very bad treatment of locals during the
2002 Winter Olympics, it was as if to say go home while the real people are
here.Finally, it is not convenient to go downtown.All in
all, for me at least it is not worth the effort for anything but a very few
instances to go downtown.
Down town is great! I live in sandy commute each day and love the development
and growth that is occurring. Mayor Becker is doing an outstanding job of moving
the city in a positive direction. The chamber is working hard to make downtown
the place to be. It has a great feeling and I enjoy the ability to get off the
train and walk. In 10 minutes you can go from City Hall to Gateway. The new
construction is wonderful and I have not been inconvenienced by at all. I travel
a lot in my business and other than New York and a few other cities there is no
where like home!
Parking is the #1 reason I don't go downtown. I wnet to the Olympic event
downtown 7 was treated quite well. They need to fire the meter maids & let
everybody park for free if they are serious about getting people downtown.
You mentioned people coming downtown to see the "holiday" lights. What is it
with you media types and your PC stupidity. It is Christmas lights that people
come to see. It is Christmas that people celebrate. If someone is offended,
that is their right. They need to grow up! You need to forget that PC crap.
I miss going downtown in the days when Keith Warshaws, Penneys, Alpha Books and
other book stores were there and the CrossRoads and ZCMI Malls. I don't know
where Tony Wellers Book Store will end up. I miss the many(atmospheric)theaters
we used to have. The newer Broadway Theater (functional) helps some, although
the building style is not attractive to me and the prices are so high. City
Weekly stopped giving out free movie tickets.I don't waste time on sweepstakes
to win movie tickets or anything. Now all that is left for me is the main
library (& the Writing Center there), and EBORN Bookstore, Ken Sanders Books &
Utah Books & Magazines. Sugarhouse is looking good to me despite that 1 empty
block aross from the library. There's a branch library, a Smith's Food King, a
paperback exchange, Barnes & Noble (for 1 magazine I buy), a Blockbuster, health
food stores, the 1.50 movie, Shopko, banks and restaurants. I want to walk to
these places, but not very far. I prefer cities to suburbs. If there are enough
changes I'll occasionally go to downtown again.