Downtown News and Blog

June 20, 2017

Dining Around The World

Dining around the world in Salt Lake City, Utah, is…
June 07, 2017

City Creek Canyon: Downtown’s Year Round Playground

When we think of a “complete city,” urban planning experts…
May 17, 2017

Urban Exploration: Boston - Day 2

The Downtown Alliance can learn from the successes of other…
May 17, 2017

Urban Exploration: Boston - Day 1

The Downtown Alliance can learn from the successes of other…
May 08, 2017

New Edition of Downtown the Magazine

The Spring/Summer 2017 edition of Downtown the Magazine has hit…
April 18, 2017

Flying Objects 4.0

Since 2014, the Flying Objects program has lined 300 South…
April 06, 2017

Quench Your Thirst on National Beer Day

Today is National Beer Day! Come downtown to quench your…
March 30, 2017

In Pictures: Downtown Garden Stroll

From March through May, downtown bursts with colors of spring.…
March 08, 2017

Small Business Day

Register today to attend Small Business Day on Thursday, March…
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…

City Creek Canyon: Downtown’s Year Round Playground

07 June 2017 Written by
When we think of a “complete city,” urban planning experts point to five opportunities that should be among a region’s best within a downtown: live, work, shop, eat and play. The first four are fairly straightforward, but the “play” variable takes on a double meaning. Usually thought of in cultural sense—think art, music and theatre—the best cities also have expansive green spaces, such as parks. Salt Lake City covers all five (or six) of these amenities with ease. But, it’s our other play options that set us apart from any other city on the globe. Namely, City Creek Canyon. City…

Urban Exploration: Boston - Day 2

17 May 2017 Written by
The Downtown Alliance can learn from the successes of other cities and downtowns throughout the country. The Urban Exploration program brings public and private sector leaders together to learn about the best practices of other cities. This is the fourth in a series of annual trips sponsored by the Downtown Alliance to build relationships and learn from the success of other communities. The Urban Exploration program is a working trip focused on building relationships and inspiring innovation in downtown Salt Lake City. We are currently working to strategically select projects in Boston that correlate to emerging initiatives and issues in…

Urban Exploration: Boston - Day 1

17 May 2017 Written by
The Downtown Alliance can learn from the successes of other neighborhoods and downtowns throughout the country. The Urban Exploration program brings public and private sector leaders together to learn about the best practices of other cities. This is the fourth in a series of annual trips sponsored by the Downtown Alliance to build relationships and learn from the success of other communities. The Urban Exploration program is a working trip focused on building relationships and inspiring innovation in downtown Salt Lake City. This year's urban exploration participants will learn about downtown Boston's Public Market, private management of public spaces, clean…

New Edition of Downtown the Magazine

08 May 2017 Written by
The Spring/Summer 2017 edition of Downtown the Magazine has hit the streets! Pick up an issue to see how The Gateway is becoming an emerging entertainment destination, discover how you can escape the hustle and bustle of downtown within minutes in City Creek Canyon, check out some of our favorite restaurant patios, meet downtown businesses who are helping to better the community and a whole lot more!  Launch the entire digital magazine HERE.

Flying Objects 4.0

18 April 2017 Written by
Since 2014, the Flying Objects program has lined 300 South with different flying themed sculptures created by local artists. Now in it's fifth and final iteration, the 18 new sculptures will remain as permanent public art. If you were a fan of specific pieces that have since been taken down, you can purchase them by contacting the Salt Lake Arts Council. Come downtown and see all 18 for yourself! View our gallery below:   

Quench Your Thirst on National Beer Day

06 April 2017 Written by
Today is National Beer Day! Come downtown to quench your thirst with some of these go-to watering holes. From Utah's finest brews to extensive lists of imported and specialty beers, these bars have you covered. Follow us on Instagram to see a comprehensive list of downtown bars with our #ThirstyThursday hashtag.  1. Beer Bar (161 E 200 S) 2. The Beerhive (128 S Main St.) 3. Cheers to You (315 S Main St.) 4. The Jackalope (372 S State Street) 5. Red Rock (254 S 200 W) 6. Squatters (147 W 300 S)  

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,…