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My Own Downtown Staff Focus: Ryan Mack

March 16, 2018 Written by

Published in Downtown News and Blog

Seven Questions with Ryan Mack, Community Engagement Coordinator for the Downtown Alliance. Explore SLC's side streets and Ryan's favorite eats in our latest staff profile. 
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What is your first or fondest memory of downtown?
As a diehard Utah Jazz fan, one of my fondest memories of downtown was the 1998 NBA Finals. The whole city was behind our team and there were great watch parties outside of the Devereaux Mansion across from the arena. Jordan pushed off by the way. 

What is your favorite thing about downtown?
My favorite thing about downtown are the off the beaten path streets like Edison and Exchange Place. They're home to some of my favorite businesses like Diabolical Records and also serve as a more scenic route to some of our major streets. 

How will downtown SLC look and feel differently five years from now?
I think we'll have more of everything in five years. A bigger skyline, more bars, restaurants and most importantly, more people living downtown. An increased downtown population will really add a sense of vibrancy and density to our urban core.

If you could change one thing about Salt Lake City, what would it be and why?
I would change how we use our extraordinarily wide sidewalks. For example, our Garden Stroll program where we put mini pop-up parks along Main Street serves as a great example on how we can better utilize them. 

Friend or family is coming to town, asking for entertainment recommendations. What three places do you send them to ?

FOOD:
-Valters
-Curry N'Kabob
-Takashi

Entertainment:
-Utah Jazz games
-Downtown Farmers Market
-Concerts @ The Depot

What's your favorite day of the year downtown?    

Not sure if I have a favorite day, but my favorite time in downtown is spring. the trees are blossoming, patios are once again an option and it is optimal GREENbike weather. The city comes out of its winter hibernation for sure. 

When you are not working or playing downtown, what do you do for fun or entertainment?

If I'm not downtown, you can find me biking and skiing in the Wasatch. If I'm not there, I'll be hanging out with my girlfriend and dog!
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