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Published: Thursday, March 21 2013 7:55 p.m. MDT

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Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

I'm glad a church decided to revitalize a city.

J-TX
Allen, TX

Somebody had to. Downtown was getting very seedy.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

J-TX: Downtown was a lot more seedy in the 70s.

sigmund5
Salt Lake City, UT

"revitalized"? I keep hearing "The area was blighted" in defense of a church spending 3.5 Billion dollar facility to honor materialism and upper middle class consumption. The area was not blighted or seedy. It created low wage jobs and many of them were just transfered from other shopping facilities.

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

Downtown is the best! This is a great addition and a move from the strip mall suburbs.

Mischevious
Ogden, UT

“One, two, three—let's go shopping!”

Don Bugg
Prince Frederick, MD

Exactly why SHOULDN'T the LDS Church redevelop its commercial properties using its commercial funds--none of which are derived from tithes and all of which are taxed?

Meadow Lark Mark
IDAHO FALLS, ID

I agree with Ernest T. Bass

Steve Jensen
Herriman, UT

@ sigmund5. I love the false statements about this being a 3.5 Billion dollar facility (shopping mall). I hear all the time about this being a 3 to 6 billion dollar Mall. The fact is it was under 2 billion. Plus people seem to forget that is the cost of City Creek as a whole; which includes 4 large condo buildings that are 10-30 floors, New and remodeled office space/buildings, tons of new parking for everything. Plus all of the underground work that th public doesn't see. The fact is that the mall/shopping area its self is well under 500 million. For its sizes and features its not bad when you compare the cost to other shopping centers in the country. This is much better than the old crappy, empty mall that was there before.

toosmartforyou
Farmington, UT

I'll bet Rocky is just beside himself. He didn't want the Main Street Plaza and he didn't want the Skybridge. What he wanted was more bars. Well, they got more bars at the airport, which is disgusting because you have a hard time finding a good place to eat unless you like Mexican or McDonalds. But there's no shortage of bars now in the airport. Booze is king there, along with smoking rooms, which most airports have eliminated.

But I digress. City Creek is truly world class and I enjoy the place every time I am there. It is an exciting place to just meander about and then grab a bite to eat.

I do have a suggestion: Better signage is in order to direct folks to the Key Bank Building elevators, however. Finding those is a chore, especially from the food court.

LValfre
CHICAGO, IL

@toosmartforyou

"Well, they got more bars at the airport, which is disgusting because you have a hard time finding a good place to eat unless you like Mexican or McDonalds."

I don't get it. Those bars serve food too right? You can't eat at a place that serves alcohol?

LivinLarge
Bountiful, UT

City Creek is "nice", but it's not NYC, Chicago, LA, Boston, San Diego or even Seattle "nice". Too many people, especially kids hanging out like they have nowhere else to go...come to think of it, they don't have anywhere else to go around here. When you go to these other cities, 9 out of 10 shoppers are carrying bags of big ticket items around City Creek, it's like 2 out of 10 during non-dining hours...we have a long way to go before SLC is taken seriously as a destination.

Liberal Ted
Salt Lake City, UT

@ LivinLarge-If you don't like this city and feel better about the other cities. I will help you pack your bags. No problemo.

Most people around here don't want to be NYC, Chicago, LA, Boston, San Diego. We enjoy our lower crime rate, slower pace, non-artificial movie star glorifying locations.

I guess Californias feel the same about their home state, since they like to move from that debt hole and head to the surrounding states. The trouble is, they want to continue the exact same destructive habits that they had in California. Spend more, borrow more, increase entitlements, tax more thinking if they just do more of these programs than they did in California; then everything will work out this time....

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

The question could be did downtown salt lake need revitalisation more than Syrian refugees need assistance? I know, there are all kinds of reasons, discussions and rationalisations as to how and why the church was right to build a shopping mall and it's really nice and the church probably is helping syrian refugees but I have to ignore or weasel my way around my conscience to wander city creek while much of the world suffers and I suspect a lot of other people do, too. It's OK, it's how we exist as human beings and I do it all the time, and churches sometimes help us do it.
The practical side of me suggests the question is whether or not this thing will be a moneymaker. Free from the responsibility to shareholders, the church won't tell us one way or the other but let's recognise that private money isn't building these things anymore, and people that wander and look don't help shops pay rent.

Utes11
Salt Lake City, Utah

I just wish City Creek was would welcome all people.

A voice of Reason
Salt Lake City, UT

I was very disappointed going to City Creek. I love the intent of the mall and who built it. But the mall seems to only cater to 1) Big $$$ or 2) Big Credit $$$. I am a male who doesn't need new shoes, a handbag, or the latest fashion. I can't afford a Rolex or most of what Tiffany's sells.

I bought some chocolate for my gal, a Gyro, and cool wrapping-paper from a paper place. Aside from Deseret Book the place was WAY outside of my price range. They need at least a few other options for economic variety alone!

NedGrimley
Brigham City, UT

Utes11: Who wasnt isnt welcome there?

ctylem
East Millcreek, UT

Utes11 is referring to that tired old accusation that gay individuals or those with tattoos are kicked out of City Creek. People still try to spread this rumor, for a whole variety of reasons, but it's an absurd and false accusation.

LindonMan
Lindon, UT

City Creek is good for SLC and a great business venture by The Church.

Wally West
SLC, UT

I agree w/ Sigmund5.

Re: onevote on 3/22 @ 8:37 a

Yeah. Why would you need to go someplace where you don't need to pay for parking & has useful shops?

re: LivinLarge on 3/22 @ 11:33 a

"...we have a long way to go before SLC is taken seriously as a destination"

But, but, conference weekend is approaching.

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