ow did you feel when you unfolded the picture of Salt Lake’s new skyline in this edition of Downtown? Curious? Confused? Dubious? Excited?
That Salt Lake skyline is not hypothetical. This year, the developers on the cover are raising a hundred stories of offices, apartments, shops and hotel rooms. But the new buildings are merely evidence of much larger stories downtown. Stories about people shattering cliches about this place. Stories about people building a cosmopolitan city. Stories about people working with teams across the global economy. Stories about developers, disruptors, artists, saints and advocates that are all building aspects of a remarkable downtown. My personal story is peppered with dear memories of downtown. As a kid, I would take the bus downtown to the ski gear wonderland called Wolfe’s Sporting Goods; my dad loved celebrating special family occasions at the fancy Hotel Utah Roof Restaurant; and we loved seeing the Tribune Christmas tree and Temple Square lights each holiday season. My first professional job was working for Triad America on an ambitious redevelopment that included two 40-story office towers, hotels, condominiums and retail on the blocks surrounding Triad Center. Eleven years later I started my own business downtown. And I have lived downtown for 20+ years. My family and I love being part of the ever-changing downtown story. And downtown is a part of us. Top Left: Tribune Christmas Tree. Top Right: Dee Brewer. Bottom: Hotel Utah Roof Restaurant. Used by permission, Utah State Historical Society.
Whether you live downtown or not, I imagine our capital city is dear to you too. Because our city–by design–is a gathering place for people. And when people come together, the next story has already begun.
Dee Brewer Executive Director, Downtown Alliance
Full story on page 32 Front row Left to Right: David Brint - Brinshore. Matt Baldwin - City Creek Reserve, Inc. Lara Fritts - SLC Economic Development. Brent Harman - Cowboy Partners. Lee Dial - Cowboy Partners. Back Row Left to Right: Stan Castleton - DDRM. Nate Boyer - Boyer Company.
downtown the magazine
spring / summer 2019