"Streets wide enough to be able to turn around without resorting to profanity"
That's awesome! There was road rage even back in the day.
The problem with Downtown is suburban sprawl and suburban malls and suburban
stadiums and suburban convention centers and suburban theaters. They suck the
life out of the city center. On a positive note: Downtown Salt Lake is
still better than most downtowns (althogh not as good as those communites, like
Portland, that counter suburbam sprawl) At least Salt Lake will have some
department stores downtown - Albuquerque, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Denver, Boise
can't say that.BTW: No downtown in the US looks like it did in the
60's, so nostalgia is somewhat misleading.
The problem with downtown is that it has gotten away from its small town roots.
When downtown was focused on family-friendly shops and entertainment venues, it
thrived. When it started to ignore families and to become a Mecca of
materialism and self-gratification, it began a downward economic spiral. It is
no wonder that the public abandoned downtown.
I somewhat agree with you and somewhat disagree. I think the main problem for
downtown Salt Lake City is that wide roads make it less walkable and pedestrian
friendly, so business can't thrive on the streets. When Trax was placed on Main
Street, it made the road skinnier and put a station near shops that continue to
thrive today.This is why I see problem with the City Creek Center
skybridge... it just directs people off the road.The other problem
with downtown is the surface parking. There is so much space to still be used
downtown, if only they built parking garages and walkable communities.
Do more articles like this, comparing the past to the present, they are
The loss of roads in the downtown has sparked and fueled its loss of shoppers
and consumers. No matter how much they try or new buildings they erect, the
damage has been done. No more town visits or shopping in this dilapidated city
that is the home of illegal foreign nationals and crime.The last
straw of killing downtown for Utah shoppers was installing TRAX, eliminating
pubic parking, and closing streets that made it a destination to shop. SLC
killed its own business and their ability to offer a service.I have
to feel sorry for tourist who only see other tourists. Main stream Utah is 20-30
miles away now.
It's almost uncanny how that cartoon of "1915" managed to capture SLC in the
Enter commentUtah has always been proud of its wide streets as a planning tactic
of foresight. This is good for a car culture, but I wonder if it makes Salt
Lake less pedestrian friendly, making SL a less walkable town. This is
particularly true as the population increases and inviting autos into the
downtown at the expense of a great pedestrian environment is less desireable.
That being said, we have what we have, but I would hope that future planners can
make insightful design changes that are innovative and creative.
The photo of South Temple says, "The streets were torn up again and again during
this time period."When has this street not been torn up in some way?I sure wish they'd kept the original electric trolley lines.Thanks, DNews, for printing these great historical pictures.