DiverseCity STORY BY JULIA PARTAIN
Downtown is home to folks from all walks of life.
hat 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 Linville moved to Utah to live, ski and work at Solitude Mountain Resort. Six years later, she finds herself at SMG in the Salt Palace Convention Center managing communications and public relations. Commuting daily from Solitude to downtown grew tiring, and as a result, she purchased a condo at The Belvedere. “I was tired of driving 60 miles every day,” Linville says. “Now I am able to reduce my carbon footprint by walking everywhere and only having to commute two blocks to work.” Weekdays are spent downtown working and experiencing the culture of the city. The 62-year-old likes swimming at The Gym at City Creek, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company performances, outdoor concerts and discovering new restaurants and bars. Cooking and entertaining are also favorite hobbies and Harmons Grocery keeps her stocked and never disappoints. Gaylis retreats to her primary residence in the mountains for skiing, hiking and relaxing on the weekends. 30
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Rosalinde Foster: Energetic Socialite When Rosalinde Foster moved to downtown Salt Lake City in March 2013, she arrived with two suitcases and the clothes on her back. Germanborn Foster moved to Columbus, Georgia in 1966 with her US military policeman husband. After he passed away, Foster visited family in Utah and decided that she needed a change in her life. Within two weeks, she put an offer on a condo at The Regent at City Creek, sold her house, car and belongings in Georgia and never looked back. “Until now, I’ve never lived in a place where I could walk out the door and be in the middle of everything,” says the 77-years-young downtown socialite. “The energy of the city makes me feel alive!” A true connoisseur of public transportation, Rosalinde regularly rides UTA buses and TRAX (and once a GREENbike) around town and takes FrontRunner to Layton where she visits her daughter and family. Mostly, she loves that she can walk to so many places including Harmons Grocery, Abravanel Hall, Market Street Grill and her tri-weekly water aerobics classes at The Gym at City Creek. Rosalinde roundsout her downtown lifestyle spending time at a senior center where she takes beginner Spanish, French and creative writing classes. spring / summer 2016