Published: Wednesday, Oct. 26 2011 2:00 p.m. MDT
@Counter IntelligenceWay to accentuate the negative. Try to compare
this to the ugly mostrosity that was standing there before. HUGE improvement!
I agree that the skybridge could've been designed better. But I would not be so
presumptious as to declare that it is unnecessary--not when Taubman Centers,
which was extensive experience funding and developing shopping centers,
determined that City Creek would not be viable without it. And it
makes sense--who's going to stroll along the second level, then go downstairs,
wait to cross the street, and then go upstairs again to pick up window shopping
where they left off? Shoppers don't behave like that.
CounterIntelligenceCan you hold your unnecessary skybridge comments
until the project is completed. At that time visit the area and make any
It never seems to amaze me of the hatred that exists in this town. If any other
entity other then The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints were building
this shopping center those who express hatred would be praising this outstanding
shopping and living environment that is being created. But I guess we can
expect nothing better from such persons.
Won't spend one dime there.
Congrats to the architects and the LDS Church for beautifying the city!I
can't wait to see it all. I love the sky bridge and will be so happy in
the cold and wet weather to be able to go from one mall to the other.I do
think they should put a big tongue on the bottom and a squirrel, or a rock!
What!? I LOVE the skybridge!I love the design. I thought it was
perfectly designed to blend in with the city, the mall, etc. And from these
picture it seems that it will have an amazing view as well. Of course some
people thought the space needle looked bad too, but guess what... it's now a
staple of Seattle. This bridge may not be that same staple item- but I like it
and I know plenty of others that do to!
I know this makes me a 'hater' but the whole development to me seems kind of
false. Sure, the buildings are real, and I'll go there when it's open from time
to time, but the whole concept is a bit forced to me. We didn't need the retail
space. It doesn't have to make money like another shopping mall would. I imagine
the expectation that it will is there, but if it doesn't nobody has to explain
to the bank or shareholders. And the timing is not good. Of course, if you're
going to build this sort of thing, where better than the middle of a town where
most people have to have some tiny inkling they're a shareholder in it, even if
unwillingly? It's a monument to what money can do. I think only time will tell
if it was what money should do.
What a wasted effort of money and resources. This will surely be labeled as the
biggest business flop in slc and mormondom.
@Hutterite"It's a monument to what money can do. I think only
time will tell if it was what money should do."As a life-long
resident of Utah and a frequent visitor to SLC, I can't imagine how this
development is a bad thing. The former establishment was a ghost town because
it was outmoded and inconvenient. So instead of letting an enormous mall sit
vacant for years to come, the church decided to be proactive. If they didn't do
anything about it, they would have been criticized for being bad neighbors. It seems like a lot of people are over-thinking this whole issue. They
took a big dying ugly and turned it into a thing of beauty. End of story.
At least it has a retractable roof. I never understood the concept of an
outdoor shopping mall in Utah.
Although I disagree with "Counter Intelligence" about the skybridge
being unnecessary, in no way was his/her comment hateful. Let's not get too
defensive.I happen to agree that the skybridge's design isn't the
greatest. Visually, it's too heavy, and makes the space underneath feel crowded.
The etched leaves didn't turn out so well; unless you're very close they look
like smudges. City Creek tried to pay homage to more traditional architectural
styles; the skybridge could've reflected that.But hey, anytime you
have a project this big, there will be some elements that could've been done
better. There's far more to like about City Creek than to dislike. It's a bold
attempt to introduce a mixed-use, transit-oriented, New Urbanist development
into downtown Salt Lake, and even though Counter Intelligence and I might look
at certain points and wish they'd been done differently, I think we both hope
it's a success.
@HutteriteAs a real estate developer, the project MUST make money or
else retailers will leave and the project will fail. Tiffany & CO. is going
to be located there along with Nordstrom and other big-name retailers. They do
their own (extremely detailed) market analysis before making a decision to
invest in any new location. Having done the market analysis myself, Salt Lake
City is throbbing for a downtown life such as what City Creek is bringing to it.
There is so much pent up demand for this project, the shops, the restaurants,
the lifestyle - it's something other cities have had and that Salt Lake
(downtown, not the periphery, like the Gateway) has been wanting/needing for a
long time. No entity, business, church or whatever is going to blow $1.5B for
fun. This will completely change downtown Salt Lake in a big way. And what's
with the silly comment about "what money can do?" Your car is a
monument as to what money can do, as well as you house, as well as your clothes.
2,000 jobs and a healthy tax base is another huge bonus of this project.
So super neat. Money well spent, downtown SLC is way more important than any
other need the world may have.
Since I use the City Center trax station every day, I have to say that I
actually like the bridge, even if only for two practical reasons. 1) It will
keep shoppers from crowding the sidewalk to the station, only to keep walking,
and 2) the little trax huts on the stations don't provide much protection
against rain and snow, and this thing might do a better job on at least one
Ex-Mayor Ross "Rocky" Anderson fought the Sky Bridge and Main Street
Plaza tooth and nail. He lost and the businesses and people in Salt Lake City
won. I wonder if he'll ever admit that he was wrong.
I am appalled at the bitter, cynical, and overall tasteless comments made by
some of your readers .....
IT is a great project. It is subsidized by charitable exemption. Do the homeless
get to camp out there?
@ one vote.No, they get to come to your house. Glad you only get 1
Its definitely in keeping up with outward appearances as in common in Utah.
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