The Downtown Alliance hosts an annual trip with local leaders and elected officials to explore other American cities. This year, we've chosen Chicago, visiting a wide range of the "Windy City". Read about day one here, which finished with a reception at Google's Chicago headquarters. Their open office concept represents a design many other tech firms have mimicked to provide a collaborative and energetic environment for their workers. And the view wasn't bad, either!
The Downtown Alliance hosts an annual trip with local leaders and elected officials to explore other American cities. This year, we've chosen Chicago, visiting a wide range of neighborhoods in the "Windy City". Here's a quick recap of our first day:
All Chicago is a collaborative partnership of the Chicago Alliance, the Emergency Fund and the Learning Center. The partnership works with an extensive system of community resources, providing stability and support to individuals and families in Chicago who face crisis, are without a home and its related benefits. Using a collective impact approach on homelessness, the partnership works to create and support housing solutions in Chicago while improving resources for service providers with one goal: making homelessness history.
Downtown SLC will soon have another protected bike lane installed, this time the seldom used 200 West will play host. The new protected corridor will run North - South from South Temple to 800 South, with a projected completion date of early Fall 2015. This protected bike lane will provide downtown's growing workforce and residents with more interconnectivity into the heart of the city, multimodal transportation options and contribute to downtown SLC's burgeoning economy.
There is an energy downtown you cannot find in suburban office complexes, generated from a diverse mixture of all elements of society in constant vocation or avocation. I find downtown exciting and stimulating, an atmosphere which is complemented by an equally exhilarating mode of transportation: the unicycle. It's green, it's easy to store and carry, and it's sidewalk compatible. When commuting both hands are always free; imagine that for texting! It's faster than walking, but not so fast you sweat or cover your backside with mud. A unicycle's maneuverability is unequaled yet spandex and Gore-Tex offer no advantage. Sidewalk rage just isn't the same thing and parking is never an issue. A unicycle is the perfect downtown car, but beyond all that, it's just plain fun!
The Gateway, City Creek Center and everything in between. All year long
people can enjoy shopping at artesian markets, luxury stores and popular
The Gateway (18 N. Rio Grande, shopthegateway.com) is a large open-air shopping center with
more than 100 shopping fronts and restaurants, residential and office space. Some of the more
notable destinations that call The Gateway home include The Depot, Clark Planetarium, the
Megaplex theater, Discovery Gateway children's museum and the Olympic Legacy
Snowflake Fountain, which is choreographed to a wide range of incredible music and lights at
The elegant, curved glass case holding shelves of jewel-like Chocolatier Blue confections in
the middle of Tony Caputo's Market & Deli is more than just a dazzling display. It's a
symbol of one of many audacious leaps Tony Caputo and his son, Matt, have taken together
in the past decade or so as they've continued to put downtown Salt Lake's premiere
specialty food emporium on the culinary map. "Most of those leaps scared me to death,"
laughs a not-quite-retired 65-year-old Tony as he eyes the $20,000 case they bought to show off
the artisan chocolates. "I thought I wouldn't even live long enough to pay for that case. But after
about six months, it was pretty much a break-even. And, when Matt proposed bringing in a
$100,000 cheese cave, I told him he was out of his mind! Turns out it was an incredibly far-sighted
move. It took a while, but it's paying off, too."
Downtown Salt Lake City is the regional center for culture, commerce and entertainment in the Mountain West. With significant public and private investments and infrastructure improvements in the last two decades, downtown's skyline has reached new heights and levels of sophistication as a regional destination for work and for play. However, this burgeoning metropolis is only a complementary component to the Salt Lake Valley's prized natural surroundings- in particular the Central Wasatch Mountain Range.
The welcoming gardens at Temple Square provide a much-needed escape
from the hustle and bustle of downtown Salt Lake City. Filled with famously
beautiful flowers, these gardens offer a sense of serenity that lifts the spirits
of millions of visitors every year—thanks in large part to countless
Each year more than five million people enjoy the spectacular colors and well-manicured
lawns of Temple Square. As Utah's No. 1 attraction, Temple Square brings in more
visitors than the Grand Canyon or Yellowstone National Park, and was named the 16th
most visited attraction in America by Forbes magazine in 2009. And for good reason.
THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO MOVE AROUND downtown SLC. If you're driving, save some time,
hassle and money, and park your car once. From there, take TRAX anywhere within the Free
Fare Zone or utilize the Bike Share system.
Remember that parking at on-street meters is limited to two hours, which costs $2 per hour
(except on weekends when it's free). Many off-street lots and garages, however, are $5 for the
whole day. There are literally 10 times the amount of spots off-street compared to metered
parking. On-street parking is best used for quick trips of under two hours. Find the best option for
you at parkingslc.com.
Under the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid coverage now extends to all adults with incomes at or below 138 percent of the federal poverty level — or annual incomes of about $16,105 or less. As it currently stands, Utahns who live at or below the poverty level fall into a coverage gap that sprouted when the United States Supreme Court issued its ruling that upheld the ACA but made Medicaid expansion optional. The Governor's Healthy Utah plan taps federal medicaid expansion dollars to help insure more of Utah's most vulnerable residents and cover this gap created by the Supreme Court Ruling ruling.
Downtown SLC is home to some amazing architecture, food, sunsets, people and more! Each one of these Instagram users brings their own style to profile the unique characteristics of our beloved city! Here's our top 10 (in no particular order) Instagram profiles to follow for some sweet photos of Downtown SLC:
The foundation has been established for 111 Main and The Eccles Theater, and you can now see these structures rising above Main Street. Although there is a lot of work to go, it’s exciting to see this state-of-the-art project coming together. Here are a few details of what has been done so far: