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In our opinion: City Creek Center visionaries and developers deserve a round of applause

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  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 17, 2017 3:38 p.m.

    Have you noticed all the comic con visitors in the mall today? It's packed with people in costumes. Kinda different people but very friendly and fun loving people.

    I think it's good that they have a place to get out of the convention and walk around and breath fresh air and see people, get something to eat, and meet other people doing the same thing. It's not evil LDS church doing something to you Manzanita. It's a good thing.

    It was also a gathering place for many before and after the "Women's March" the Monday after Trump was inaugurated. I was waiting in the rain with them to catch the train home. Also a gathering place for people getting together for the "Not My President's Day March" in SLC.

    It's a great gathering place for all kinds of people. Especially people with kids.

    Food Court probably loves when these conventions and tournaments are in town.

  • AlanSutton Salt Lake City, UT
    March 17, 2017 1:26 p.m.

    It's clearly the best thing to happen to the city in decades. Before it was built, Main Street was becoming a ghost town. While helping to protect the area around Temple Square, the Church did every resident a favor with City Creek.

  • Twin Lights Louisville, KY
    March 17, 2017 7:53 a.m.

    Revitalization of downtowns are expensive and difficult. So many folks I know who have visited Salt Lake comment on how inviting the downtown is - more so than almost anywhere else. Salt Lake has been highly proactive and with good results for both residents and visitors. Thank you.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 16, 2017 1:59 p.m.

    Since some like Manzanita - Las Vegas, NV, feel a need to criticize it (because the church was involved)...

    Comments like, "I'm sure the starving children in Africa are similarly excited that the Church's return on investment from the mall has been so high"...

    Let me point out that the church does do TONS to help starving children in Africa and refugees from around the world. If Manzanita types don't know about it... just google "LDS Church Humanitarian Aid"...

    LDS Church has been highly praised for their humanitarian aid program (especially in Africa). Not only by the DesNews, but by news media in Africa, New Orleans (Katrina), California floods, Houston hurricane, Hurricane Sandy, Norman Oklahoma tornado, Haiti earthquake, etc..

    We also help refugees world wide. So do other Churches. Google it

    "Catholic Community Services of Utah - Refugee Resettlement"...
    "How LDS Charities Helps Refugees"...
    "How Can I Help Refugees | I Was a Stranger"...

    Life isn't mutually exclusive (only help starving kids in Africa, or only have investments).

    The church could cure cancer and some people would complain about it.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 16, 2017 1:39 p.m.

    I agree. I walk through the food court and the mall's open areas every day. I see TONS of visitors there enjoying it, and locals (of every income, race, creed, religion and political persuasion).

    Like Temple Square, it is a place most visitors at least pass through and admire.

    I can tell what event/show is in town any given day by the people I see in the mall.

    BTW I've noticed WAY more out of town visitors in the mall spending their money this week for the NCAA Tournament than I did during the Out Door Retailer's Convention.

    They are obvious (they wear stuff identifying the team they came to Utah to support). Tons of out of town people shopping in the mall this week. More than during the ODRC show week. That show only brought a few people to the mall.

    Maybe it's just the good weather this week. But they are wearing team shirts and other college sports paraphernalia.

    So maybe we won't miss the ODRC much if we can keep attracting events like NCAA tournament, NBA Playoffs, and other conventions like CommicCon and the ones at South Town Convention Center this week and past 3 weeks (home & garden show, car show, and another outdoor sports show this week).

  • Manzanita Las Vegas, NV
    March 16, 2017 12:56 p.m.

    I'm sure the starving children in Africa are similarly excited that the Church's return on investment from the mall has been so high. After all, what better way to ease the suffering of humanity than by increasing profit margins for the Church's real estate holdings?

  • Rikitikitavi Cardston, Alberta
    March 16, 2017 11:29 a.m.

    So many major urban centers across the nation have a decaying downtown core. The LDS Church has a huge vested interest in downtown Salt Lake City with infrastructure to draw thousands upon thousands every day.
    The list of attractions is endless, not to mention the jobs involved. Thanks to the business wing of the Church for such forward thinking.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    March 16, 2017 11:04 a.m.

    The development is very nice, but there are lingering questions. While it may have helped the business core, at what cost to other parts of the downtown area (e.g., Gateway and the West side of downtown)? By the way, this is kind of a self-serving editorial....

  • ute alumni SLC, UT
    March 16, 2017 7:28 a.m.

    When you understand who the visionaries were/are it should not come as a surprise that they understood the positive impact that it would have. Thanks to the church and workers that made this a wonderful place to visit and shop at.