Urban Development

Culture + Commerce Combine in a Downtown that Continues to Rise

17 October 2016 Written by
It can be difficult to finish one project on time, but for Salt Lake City and City Creek Reserve Inc., (CCRI) - the real estate investment portfolio of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - the task was to finish three projects on time and simultaneously. Their respective projects: the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Theater (SLCRDA) and the 111 Main office tower (CCRI) will open in the fall, all the while reimagining Regent Street, a new festival street on the backside of both projects, which was worked on collaboratively by both the RDA and CCRI. It required…

Mid Century Modern

06 October 2015 Written by
Imagine yourself in downtown Salt Lake City in the 1950’s. The streets are filled with classic steel and chrome Chevys and Cadillacs, Doo Wop and Elvis rule the radio waves and the economy is booming in the post Depression and World War II era. Fast forward 65 years and take a look at downtown today: fiber optic internet connects us with the world through the click of a button, electric cars charge on the side of the road and the streets are filled with people glued to their smartphones. Our once casual city is now developing at a remarkable pace…

Techtopia

28 September 2015 Written by
Attracted by downtown’s energy and diversity, a wave of tech firms settle in Utah’s urban core. When software development company Mastery Connect grew from a few developers to a few dozen a couple of years ago, they knew it was time to find a bigger home. Mastery Connect is a Utah startup that develops technology for the classroom. Started in 2009, the company software shows real-time understanding of specific concepts, helping teachers personalize the learning experience for every student. Like most startups, Mastery Connect began with humble beginnings and humble office space. In 2011 they surveyed the local office market…

Street Art

21 September 2015 Written by
  Ranging from entire building faces in plain view of busy intersections to hidden installations in off-the-beaten-path alleyways, the street art scene is thriving in Salt Lake. Champions such as the Utah Arts Alliance, business owners and entrepreneurs work with internationally renowned artists or unknown, and sometimes anonymous, local artists to celebrate diversity, history and more for the public to enjoy. Here are a few dozen of our favorites. While some of these are permanent fixtures in the community, others are impermanent. We recommend checking each of them out several times a year to see if and what may have changed.…

ClearWater's Lofty Vision for Downtown

08 September 2015 Written by
The view atop the rooftop deck at Broadway Park Lofts looks postcard perfect with the city’s burgeoning skyline framed against the Wasatch Mountains. The sense of place, at once urban and alpine, is intensely and uniquely Salt Lake. Contrast this with the condo’s cutting-edge interiors—built around a communal courtyard with a backlit, five story waterfall, live-work spaces and high-end modern finishes—and the development could highlight best practices in urban design from New York, Chicago or Los Angeles. Brick, steel and lots of glass, the Broadway Park Lofts represent a tipping point in urban life around Pioneer Park. “We are incredibly…

A New Kind of Office Space

27 July 2015 Written by
Fancy yourself as an entrepreneur? Let’s face it. Starting your own business from the ground up is no easy task. It’s even harder if you are not plugged into a community of people who can act as your mentors, business partners, investors and even customers. This is where coworking spaces come into play - and downtown Salt Lake City is already home to six of them.

Worship Downtown

20 July 2015 Written by
Japanese Church of ChristBuilt in 1924, this small structure shows rare Gothic influence applied to a Tudor Revival style. The building has simple form that is similar to Tudor Revival residential counterparts. The exception is the addition of high style elements, many of which are composed of large pebble concrete, such as the emphasized double-door entry, parapet caps, and extruded eyebrow lintels. The highlight is the colored glass Gothic window. Holy Trinity CathedralNothing else gives such a strong Mediterranean feel in Salt Lake City as this church in the Byzantine style. One major difference from the churches of the Greek…

A Broadway State of Mind

22 June 2015 Written by
No big boxes or chains here. On the stretch of strollable street along Broadway between State and 300 East, the shops are as unique as the people who own them and the wares they sell. From rare books and fresh-brewed coffee to mid-century modern furniture and oysters on the half-shell, this downtown district offers retail eclecticism unmatched anywhere else in the city. **Copper Common Born from the beloved Copper Onion and just steps away, this downtown watering hole ups the class factor with bar food that includes burgers with duck fat aioli and lobster ravioli, not to mention a top-notch…

Parks and Open Space

29 May 2015 Written by
Our downtown is set against one of the most stunning natural settings of any city in America. Salt Lake City's parks, trails and open spaces define our values as a community that is dedicated to outdoor recreation, healthy living and sustainability. As you may know, the Salt Lake City Council is considering a new parks and open space bond, paid for by an increase in property taxes, that could be on the November ballot. We hope the following four guiding principles will be included as part of their decision making process:

Chicago Urban Exploration | Day 1

14 May 2015 Written by
The Downtown Alliance hosts an annual trip with local leaders and elected officials to explore other American cities. This year, we've chosen Chicago, visiting a wide range of neighborhoods in the "Windy City". Here's a quick recap of our first day: Homeless Initiatives All Chicago is a collaborative partnership of the Chicago Alliance, the Emergency Fund and the Learning Center. The partnership works with an extensive system of community resources, providing stability and support to individuals and families in Chicago who face crisis, are without a home and its related benefits. Using a collective impact approach on homelessness, the partnership…

200 West Facelift

27 April 2015 Written by
Downtown SLC will soon have another protected bike lane installed, this time the seldom used 200 West will play host. The new protected corridor will run North - South from South Temple to 800 South, with a projected completion date of early Fall 2015. This protected bike lane will provide downtown's growing workforce and residents with more interconnectivity into the heart of the city, multimodal transportation options and contribute to downtown SLC's burgeoning economy.

A Tale of Two Skylines - A Call To Action

25 February 2015 Written by
Downtown Salt Lake City is the regional center for culture, commerce and entertainment in the Mountain West. With significant public and private investments and infrastructure improvements in the last two decades, downtown's skyline has reached new heights and levels of sophistication as a regional destination for work and for play. However, this burgeoning metropolis is only a complementary component to the Salt Lake Valley's prized natural surroundings- in particular the Central Wasatch Mountain Range.