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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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?
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.
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
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.