6 04, 2017

Downtown Rising 2.0

By |2017-04-26T13:05:01-07:00April 6th, 2017|Chamber History, Downtown Rising|0 Comments

At a made-for-TV announcement atop the Walker Center roof in May 2016, Chamber and Downtown Alliance officials celebrated a decade of Downtown Rising accomplishments: More than 4,000 housing units were built in and around downtown to support the goal of “dynamic urban living.” Several downtown towers were built, which house growing numbers of workers, including [...]

5 04, 2017

City Creek Center

By |2017-04-26T13:01:32-07:00April 5th, 2017|Chamber History, Downtown Rising|0 Comments

For years the Church had been investing in downtown properties; home of its world headquarters, the Salt Lake Temple and associated properties integral to administering a "global faith." In 2002 and 2003, faced with store closings and dropping sales, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints leaders concluded that the health of downtown would [...]

4 04, 2017

Main Street

By |2017-04-26T13:09:59-07:00April 4th, 2017|Chamber History, Downtown Rising|0 Comments

In 2002 and 2003, two contentious issues divided the city. The first was whether the high-profile Nordstrom department store, which operated from the Crossroads Plaza in downtown, would be allowed by the city to move to The Gateway; a trendy new complex of shops and stores located on the western edge of the downtown district. [...]

3 04, 2017

A Collaborative Vision for the Future

By |2017-04-26T12:59:48-07:00April 3rd, 2017|Chamber History, Downtown Rising|0 Comments

The Downtown Rising program challenged the community as a whole to get involved. In May 2006, invitations were sent to business and community leaders, who were given a camera and asked to photograph things that make a vibrant downtown. Hundreds of photos came back. Prominent business leaders led the effort while knowledgeable working professionals formed a [...]

2 04, 2017

A Process Evolves

By |2017-04-26T12:58:51-07:00April 2nd, 2017|Chamber History, Downtown Rising|0 Comments

When Lane Beattie joined the Chamber as its new president and CEO in July 2003, rumors of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ big plans for downtown were running through the community, although no official announcements had been made. There was a need to articulate a vision that would unite everyone involved. This [...]

1 04, 2017

Salt Lake City’s 21st Century Renaissance

By |2017-04-26T12:56:38-07:00April 1st, 2017|Chamber History, Downtown Rising|0 Comments

Today downtown Salt Lake features soaring glass and steel skyscrapers, a world-class culinary scene, award-winning public spaces and an active Main Street. An urban renaissance has swept the capital city, thanks to several dedicated visionaries. Over a decade ago, a Deseret News analysis of Salt Lake City’s downtown used the words “listless,” “droopy” and “dire” [...]