Downtown News and Blog

January 30, 2017

Almuerzo Feliz con Tacos (Happy with Lunch Tacos)

It’s like a blank canvas—warm corn or flour tortillas. Inside…
January 10, 2017

It Takes A Team

Our city is at its best when we come together…
November 21, 2016

Ballet West’s Nutcracker in a Nutshell

For six decades, Ballet West’s The Nutcracker has been a…
November 07, 2016

Winter Market Turns Five

To many Utahns the first official sign of summer is…
October 26, 2016

Code Lake City

Mo Reeder knows a lot about coding and technology hubs.…
October 17, 2016

Culture + Commerce Combine in a Downtown that…

It can be difficult to finish one project on time,…
October 04, 2016

Neumont University: Tech Success from Salt Lake's Epicenter

It’s an idyllic downtown Saturday morning in early June. Even…
September 21, 2016

New Face in Town: Cotopaxi

Who is cotopaxi?Cotopaxi is an outdoor gear brand with a…
September 13, 2016

New Issue of Downtown the Magazine

The fall/winter 2016 edition of Downtown the Magazine has hit…
September 02, 2016

Downtown Dine O'Round Restaurants Announced

Featuring the top 45 downtown Salt Lake City restaurants, Dine…
August 23, 2016

25 People Who Helped Build Downtown

Downtown is a system. Made up of buildings, sidewalks, streets…
August 08, 2016

A Better Way to Give

“I commit to helping homeless people in our community. I…
July 18, 2016

Farmer's Favorites

America is a national melting pot that celebrates a diverse…
June 27, 2016

Diverse-City

What do a ski maven, jetsetter, active couple, energetic widow…
June 14, 2016

Helping Hands - Meet Three People Giving a…

In his book Triumph of the City, Harvard Professor Edward…
June 07, 2016

New Face in Town: Progrexion

Who is Progrexion?Progrexion is the leading provider of credit report…
May 23, 2016

Urban Exploration: San Francisco - Day 2

The Downtown Alliance can learn from the successes of other…
May 20, 2016

Urban Exploration: San Francisco - Day 1

The Downtown Alliance can learn from the successes of other…
May 11, 2016

Downtown Farmers Market turns 25

July of 1992, the Downtown Alliance held the first farmers…
May 04, 2016

GREENbike: Signs of an Economy on a Roll

Utah was named the Beehive state for its industrious workers,…
April 25, 2016

Eight Slices

Slicing a pie into eight slices is as an old…
April 15, 2016

New Issue of Downtown the Magazine

The Spring/Summer 2016 edition of Downtown the Magazine celebrates 25…
April 05, 2016

The Downtown Garden Stroll - In Pictures

The Downtown Garden Stroll is underway! Building on one of…
March 08, 2016

Service with a Smile

Although downtown Salt Lake boasts a plethora of dining establishments…
February 09, 2016

Valentines Day Downtown

Calling all romantics and advocates of S.A.D. (Singles Awareness Day)…
February 01, 2016

Ahead of the Curve

Much has been made of the fact that Salt Lake…
January 20, 2016

Downtown Garden Stroll (Parks Pop Up on Main)

The Downtown Garden Stroll is back for a second year! In…

Almuerzo Feliz con Tacos (Happy with Lunch Tacos)

30 January 2017 Written by
It’s like a blank canvas—warm corn or flour tortillas. Inside these circular edible envelopes you’ll find whatever inspires Chez Chef. From spicy al Pastor and mind-melting cabeza to succulent citrus shrimp and sizzling chicken, you have plenty of options. And the fixin’s are just as diverse as the proteins. Salt Lake City has been gifted with tons of tenacious taquerias so you can up your lunch game. Whether you are on the go and need a utensil-less snack or you want to pair your meal with a salt-rimmed margarita, options abound downtown. Taqueria 27There’s a ton of buzz about “T27”…

It Takes A Team

10 January 2017 Written by
Our city is at its best when we come together to solve big problems. A strong sense of community stewardship and teamwork helps to set downtown apart from other urban centers in the West. As our city has looked for new ways to help homeless individuals and families, a team-based approach is making a difference in programs designed to move people out of homelessness and into mainstream life.Clean TeamLife on the streets can be dirty for Utah’s homeless population. Limited bathrooms and trash services sometimes create a lack of cleanliness in and around Pioneer Park and the Rio Grande Street. In…

Ballet West’s Nutcracker in a Nutshell

21 November 2016 Written by
For six decades, Ballet West’s The Nutcracker has been a centerpiece of Salt Lake’s holiday festivities. Tchaikovsky’s moving score, it’s magical costumes and fairytale sets, are all showcased in the exquisite Capitol Theatre to create one of the most visually stunning productions of The Nutcracker in the world today. While many Utahns consider it a holiday tradition, they may not know how this institution became woven into the fabric of our city, how it helped to save ballet in America, or what extraordinary efforts are being taken to keep The Nutcracker relevant for another six decades.Even if you have never…

Winter Market Turns Five

07 November 2016 Written by
To many Utahns the first official sign of summer is opening day of the Downtown Farmers Market. For over two decades, thousands of urbanites flocked Pioneer Park to shop for local produce, meats, cheeses, baked good, as well as arts and crafts. The Market became a defining gathering place, where the city would come together, connected by fresh food, and created its unique identity. Then, in October after the harvest, the Market would hibernate again until the following June. A hunger for local food began to grow (no pun intended), as people became more connected to their local food sourcers and…

Code Lake City

26 October 2016 Written by
Mo Reeder knows a lot about coding and technology hubs. The University of Utah graduate had worked for and developed several coding schools in San Francisco and Provo Utah before deciding to launch his own coding school, V School, which will open a Salt Lake campus this fall in the Greektown neighborhood in the western edge of downtown Salt Lake. Reeder worked as the Regional Campus Director at General Assembly, a co-working and global educational company specializing in the skills training technological economy and is one of the largest coding boot camps in the country. Living in the Bay Area taught…

Neumont University: Tech Success from Salt Lake's Epicenter

04 October 2016 Written by
It’s an idyllic downtown Saturday morning in early June. Even before the bustle of City Creek traffic has arrived, there’s a buzz of electricity on Main Street. Next door to the almost completed Eccles Theater, the historic Ezra Thompson Building at 143 South Main Street (more commonly known as The Tribune Building) is filled with hundreds of kids and their parents prepping for a day of programming at Neumont University, a private institution that grants bachelor’s degrees in three years in computer science and related fields. Sponsored by Neumont University, Utah Geek Events and a host of other tech-savvy organizations,…

New Face in Town: Cotopaxi

21 September 2016 Written by
Who is cotopaxi?Cotopaxi is an outdoor gear brand with a social mission. We create innovative outdoor products and experiences that fund sustainable poverty relief, move people to do good, and inspire adventure. What makes cotopaxi's products different and unique?We have an amazing team of innovators and designers that craft premium outdoor gear and apparel. From unique llama fleece insulation in our Kusa line, to one-of-a-kind color ways chosen by our sewers in our Del Día products, we are always working on new ways to innovate and create gear that consumers will love. Talk a little bit about the mission of…

New Issue of Downtown the Magazine

13 September 2016 Written by
The fall/winter 2016 edition of Downtown the Magazine has hit the streets. Pick up an issue to see how downtown's tech scene is growing with coding schools like Neumont University, get a sneak peek into the new Eccles Theater and 111 Main, grab a fork and dig into our Dine O'Round restaurant guide and plan for the upcoming holidays. Also inside, meet some of downtown's newest companies like Cotopaxi, find a new services map and much more!  Launch the entire digital magazine HERE

25 People Who Helped Build Downtown

23 August 2016 Written by
Downtown is a system. Made up of buildings, sidewalks, streets and parking structures—steel and glass, cement, trees and light posts. But downtown’s most important element is people. When the Downtown Alliance was founded in 1991, Salt Lake City was a starkly different place. Crossroads Mall and ZCMI, two large enclosed shopping malls bustled, but our residential population was decreasing, many parts of downtown were blighted and Main Street was failing. The Utah Jazz still played in the Accord Arena, within the walls of the Salt Palace Convention Center. And where our stunning library now stands there was a courthouse and…

A Better Way to Give

08 August 2016 Written by
“I commit to helping homeless people in our community. I will work to support service providers, religious organizations and private charities to offer housing, food, substance abuse counseling, mental health support, childcare, job training skills and social work. I support a strategic and comprehensive approach to ending homelessness.” Above is the charter for the HOST program, signed by hundreds of community leaders. This collaborative effort between the SLC Police Department and homeless service providers, HOST aims to connect homeless individuals with social services and resources. Chiefly recognizable from the bright red painted meters in the downtown core, the HOST program…

Farmer's Favorites

18 July 2016 Written by
America is a national melting pot that celebrates a diverse landscape of cultures and histories. In Utah, we are lucky to share in a rich tapestry of immigrant diversity for all manner of reasons—from the pursuit of education or prosperity to family and safety concerns. This tapestry comes to life every Saturday at the Downtown Farmers Market. When the Downtown Farmers Market kicks off its summer season on June 11, 2016, shoppers can experience, first hand, the traditions and history of so many “transplanted” Utahns simply by walking through Pioneer Park and sharing in the offerings of these vendors who…

Diverse-City

27 June 2016 Written by
What do a ski maven, jetsetter, active couple, energetic widow and television reporter have in common (and no, this isn’t a joke)? This unique group of individuals are downtown residents. Here’s a story that shows how a variety of people with diverse passions, in different stages of life, call downtown home. Gaylis Linville: The Ski Maven Achieving a work-life balance these days is difficult, but Gaylis Linville shows that it can be done. In 2006, Seattle-resident Gaylis moved to Utah to live, ski and work at Solitude Mountain Resort. Six years later, she finds herself at SMG in the Salt…