A year later, City Creek revitalizes downtown

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  • NedGrimley Brigham City, UT
    March 27, 2013 9:25 a.m.

    Chango: Hutterite knows exactly how it works. And which buttons to push. That's Hutterite.

    (DN: You allowed ctylem and disllowed mine? Really?)

  • Granny Saint George, UT
    March 27, 2013 2:46 a.m.

    "That corner is also the home of The Chalk Garden, locally owned high-end fashion and jewelry that first made its name in Trolley Square more than three decades ago and opened during the past year."

    In the 1960s, I remember shopping at The Chalk Garden located on East South Temple. It was a high-end shoe store. When was Trolley Square developed? I thought it was in the 1970s.

  • El Chango Supremo Rexburg, ID
    March 26, 2013 6:10 p.m.


    City Creek is a for Profit Venture... meaning that that for every dollar put in, more than one dollar will come out. Long term, this means that more money, not less, will be available for other causes the church wishes to put its resources into. Hope that helps.

  • Ricardo Carvalho Provo, UT
    March 23, 2013 10:17 a.m.

    Supporting Syrian refugees or other impoverished people around the world is a noble goal. From an individual perspective, you may be right in thinking it is more noble to support such causes than it is to go shopping, particularly for higher end goods. From the supplier's perspective, they need to invest in income generating ventures in order to assure a continued flow of cash that will allow them to do good in the world.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    March 23, 2013 9:43 a.m.

    " It is an exciting place to just meander about and then grab a bite to eat. "

    Actually that roughly was my experience there. It's quite a nice looking place, I meandered around for a while looking for a particular item, found no store sold any of that type, determined this mall was generally useless, and then grabbed a bite to eat (except elsewhere since I had prior dinner plans with friends but I trust that City Creek at least has decent food options). So so far I've bought a total of $0.00 from there.

  • Dante Salt Lake City, UT
    March 23, 2013 9:32 a.m.

    Oh yes: whenever I find myself in need of a tie or a belt, I hop a plane to L.A., NYC, Seattle, or Boston. And I like to visit Hong Kong whenever I'm in the mood for a new suit. (sarcasm off) The trouble with people pointing their noses straight up is that nostril views are unbecoming.

  • Wally West SLC, UT
    March 22, 2013 9:03 p.m.

    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.

  • LindonMan Lindon, UT
    March 22, 2013 6:52 p.m.

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

  • ctylem East Millcreek, UT
    March 22, 2013 5:55 p.m.

    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.

  • NedGrimley Brigham City, UT
    March 22, 2013 5:37 p.m.

    Utes11: Who wasnt isnt welcome there?

  • A voice of Reason Salt Lake City, UT
    March 22, 2013 5:04 p.m.

    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!

  • Utes11 Salt Lake City, Utah
    March 22, 2013 1:28 p.m.

    I just wish City Creek was would welcome all people.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    March 22, 2013 12:51 p.m.

    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.

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    March 22, 2013 12:12 p.m.

    @ 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....

  • LivinLarge Bountiful, UT
    March 22, 2013 11:33 a.m.

    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.

  • LValfre CHICAGO, IL
    March 22, 2013 10:47 a.m.


    "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?

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    March 22, 2013 9:57 a.m.

    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.

  • Steve Jensen Herriman, UT
    March 22, 2013 9:56 a.m.

    @ 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.

  • Meadow Lark Mark IDAHO FALLS, ID
    March 22, 2013 8:56 a.m.

    I agree with Ernest T. Bass

  • Don Bugg Prince Frederick, MD
    March 22, 2013 8:49 a.m.

    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?

  • Mischevious Ogden, UT
    March 22, 2013 8:43 a.m.

    “One, two, three—let's go shopping!”

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    March 22, 2013 8:37 a.m.

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

  • sigmund5 Salt Lake City, UT
    March 22, 2013 8:28 a.m.

    "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.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    March 22, 2013 7:39 a.m.

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

  • J-TX Allen, TX
    March 22, 2013 7:14 a.m.

    Somebody had to. Downtown was getting very seedy.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    March 21, 2013 10:19 p.m.

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