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Salt Lake streets have seen many changes over past 150 years

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  • Wonderful photos
    July 13, 2009 12:54 a.m.

    The photo of South Temple says, "The streets were torn up again and again during this time period."
    When has this street not been torn up in some way?

    I sure wish they'd kept the original electric trolley lines.

    Thanks, DNews, for printing these great historical pictures.

  • Anonymous
    July 13, 2009 6:55 a.m.

    Enter commentUtah has always been proud of its wide streets as a planning tactic of foresight. This is good for a car culture, but I wonder if it makes Salt Lake less pedestrian friendly, making SL a less walkable town. This is particularly true as the population increases and inviting autos into the downtown at the expense of a great pedestrian environment is less desireable. That being said, we have what we have, but I would hope that future planners can make insightful design changes that are innovative and creative.

  • SLC gal
    July 13, 2009 7:14 a.m.

    It's almost uncanny how that cartoon of "1915" managed to capture SLC in the nineties.

  • Downtown lost.
    July 13, 2009 7:41 a.m.

    The loss of roads in the downtown has sparked and fueled its loss of shoppers and consumers. No matter how much they try or new buildings they erect, the damage has been done. No more town visits or shopping in this dilapidated city that is the home of illegal foreign nationals and crime.

    The last straw of killing downtown for Utah shoppers was installing TRAX, eliminating pubic parking, and closing streets that made it a destination to shop. SLC killed its own business and their ability to offer a service.

    I have to feel sorry for tourist who only see other tourists. Main stream Utah is 20-30 miles away now.

  • Good article
    July 13, 2009 7:50 a.m.

    Do more articles like this, comparing the past to the present, they are interesting.

  • re: Downtown Lost
    July 13, 2009 11:31 a.m.

    I somewhat agree with you and somewhat disagree. I think the main problem for downtown Salt Lake City is that wide roads make it less walkable and pedestrian friendly, so business can't thrive on the streets. When Trax was placed on Main Street, it made the road skinnier and put a station near shops that continue to thrive today.

    This is why I see problem with the City Creek Center skybridge... it just directs people off the road.

    The other problem with downtown is the surface parking. There is so much space to still be used downtown, if only they built parking garages and walkable communities.

  • John Charity Spring
    July 13, 2009 12:08 p.m.

    The problem with downtown is that it has gotten away from its small town roots. When downtown was focused on family-friendly shops and entertainment venues, it thrived. When it started to ignore families and to become a Mecca of materialism and self-gratification, it began a downward economic spiral. It is no wonder that the public abandoned downtown.

  • sort of
    July 14, 2009 10:21 a.m.

    The problem with Downtown is suburban sprawl and suburban malls and suburban stadiums and suburban convention centers and suburban theaters. They suck the life out of the city center.
    On a positive note: Downtown Salt Lake is still better than most downtowns (althogh not as good as those communites, like Portland, that counter suburbam sprawl) At least Salt Lake will have some department stores downtown - Albuquerque, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Denver, Boise can't say that.

    BTW: No downtown in the US looks like it did in the 60's, so nostalgia is somewhat misleading.

  • Awesome!
    July 14, 2009 10:39 a.m.

    "Streets wide enough to be able to turn around without resorting to profanity" That's awesome! There was road rage even back in the day.