Downtown rising affecting Utahns' perceptions

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  • Karen Day Salt Lake City, Utah
    Nov. 5, 2010 9:31 a.m.

    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.

  • AZres Mesa, AZ
    Oct. 4, 2010 4:38 p.m.

    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.

  • 42istheanswer Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 3, 2010 5:01 p.m.

    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.

  • What To Do Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 3, 2010 4:28 p.m.

    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!

  • pangent617 Draper, UT
    Oct. 3, 2010 12:15 p.m.

    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.