Salt Lake City faces $1M, last-minute budget shortfall

SALT LAKE CITY — Only days away from when the Salt Lake City Council was scheduled to approve the city’s $237 million budget, city leaders learned they’re facing a more than $1 million shortfall.

The shortfall is due to a revised property tax rule adopted by the state, city leaders said Thursday.

“This is disappointing news and will make our decisions about how best to balance the city’s needs with available revenues much more difficult,” City Council Chairman Stan Penfold said in a statement. “The mayor’s recommended budget is very constrained in the first place, so this added limitation coming at the last minute makes it even harder to meet the expectations residents have for services in Salt Lake City.”

Penfold said council members are exploring options to address the shortfall, and they still expect to approve the budget during Tuesday’s meeting.

“There are no easy answers, and we will look at all options to balance the budget,” Penfold said. “In the year ahead, we will need to take a hard look at how we further tackle our infrastructure and maintenance issues citywide.”

Mayor Jackie Biskupski’s budget assumed $2.6 million in new growth in property tax revenue, but the city will only receive $1.53 million this year, city officials said.

Property taxes make up about one-third of the city’s general fund, which pays for city services such as public safety, street maintenance, parks, planning and zoning, housing and neighborhood development, and the offices of the city attorney, City Council and the mayor.

Sewer rate hikes that will double rates over the next five years. Millions more for homelessness, affordable housing and roads. Those are just a few highlights from Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski’s budget proposal unveiled Tuesday.

The revenue shortfall is the result of how the Utah State Tax Commission now calculates growth in property taxes, city officials said. The new interpretation, which went into effect this year, separates tax on real estate and buildings from tax on personal property — such as vehicles, computer equipment, machinery and furnishings.

City officials said the tax commission informed local governments of its final property tax revenue estimates Thursday, an annual notification that occurs each year shortly before budgets for the coming fiscal year must be adopted.

Under state law, the City Council must adopt a budget no later than June 22.

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Thousands Celebrate Pride in Salt Lake City

SALT LAKE CITY — The colors of the rainbow took over the streets of Salt Lake City Sunday morning, symbolizing a diverse crowd where differences are celebrated.

“The movement and the beauty and the love and the support that we have for diversity and for our LGBTQ community is very strong,” says Stephanie of Salt Lake City.

It’s not something people would necessarily expect here in Utah.

“I think we’ve come a long way. We still have a lot to go, which is why we have these,” says Bobby, who traveled from Cincinnati, Ohio for the Pride Parade.

However, each year, the acceptance grows and so does the parade.

“We only saw a group of one protesters; everyone else had such love,” says Emerald of Woods Cross.

“It’s been getting bigger and bigger and better every year,” says Aaron of Salt Lake City.

Senator Jim Dabakis, D-Salt Lake City, has been at every pride parade.

“I’m just wondering if these glasses are too gay for the senate? I’m getting a mixed reaction,” Dabakis said of his attire for the event.

Dabakis said he remembers what it used to be like.

“From 1994, where there were 100 people in the shadows, to this: The entire community is out here celebrating,” Dabakis said. “Guess what? We’re not going to put all these people back in the closet.”

People here are proud, not only of who they are, but where they live.

“It’s made me really happy to see the community is becoming a lot more accepting,” says Hayley of Bountiful.

It’s a place where you can love whoever you love.

“We have to love one another,” Stephanie said. “We have to be able to accept one another and be able to be open to what love is. Love is love.”

Even when there are setbacks and rainy days.

“There’s a lot happening in the world today, so it’s important to come together,” Bobby said.

A rainbow is on the horizon in Salt Lake City.

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Emigration House in Salt Lake City

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Emigration House in Salt Lake City
Utah House: Contemporary Rural Home in USA – design by Steven Christensen Architecture

Emigration House
Design: Steven Christensen Architecture
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Emigration House

Emigration House, a project by Steven Christensen Architecture of Santa Monica, California, has received a Special Mention distinction at the Architizer A+ Awards. The Architizer A+Awards received entries from over 100 countries, and its winners represent the best of architecture and design worldwide.

The jury included such industry luminaries as Denise Scott Brown, Bjarke Ingels and Tom Kundig, as well as personalities from outside of architecture such as Tony Hsieh (CEO, Zappos), Yves Behar (Fuseproject), John Edelman (CEO, Design Within Reach), Cameron Sinclair (Architecture for Humanity) and Barry Bergdoll (MoMA). Special Mention awards were given to the top 15 percent of entries in each category, and other firms to receive the distinction include Morphosis, Neri&Hu, and OMA.

In addition to their recognition for Emigration House, Christensen’s office was awarded the Jury Prize in the Unbuilt Hospitality category for Liepaja Thermal Bath, a hotel and spa in Liepaja, Latvia, and Heptagon House, a guest house in Heceta Beach, Oregon. Winners were recognized at an awards gala on May 11th at the Highline Stages in New York City and will be featured in a forthcoming book by Phaidon Press.
Construction on the home is slated to begin June 2017.

Emigration House

The canon of architecture offers many significant examples of hillside houses cascading down toward a significant view. This project addresses an unusual site constraint, where the best view is over your shoulder.

This 6.8 acre Emigration Canyon site, located on the overland carriage route shared by prominent migrants from the Donner Party to…

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Goldman Sachs Golden for Downtown Salt Lake City

(Chris Detrick | The Salt Lake Tribune) Employees work in the call center of Marcus by Goldman Sachs in Salt Lake City Wednesday, May 3, 2017.

Now, it also has taken up seven floors in the spanking new 111 S. Main, the office tower connected to the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Theater.

The company’s current employee head count in Utah is about 2,350, making it Goldman Sachs’ fourth-largest office with nearly 7 percent of its 34,400 workers worldwide.

And David Lang, the partner in charge of the Utah office, projects the workforce could grow to 2,700 this year.

“What we’re finding as a firm,” he said in a recent interview, “is that there’s a huge population of people who want the global investment bank experience but don’t necessarily want to work in New York or San Francisco.

“They want the professional experience of working for a global investment bank, but they want the lifestyle associated with Utah and the quality of life.”

Higher bosses, wider tasks • The roster of people serving in the Salt Lake City office reflects a greater number of senior managers than before. Their positions also signal the broader range of tasks they oversee.

“You’ve got very senior people here with global responsibilities,” Lang said, “that are based here in Salt Lake, driving strategy.”

Those include 16 managing directors, who are just below the firm’s top management — up from one in 2011.

Their staffs often intermingle. In the 111 Main location, for instance, teams gather in large rooms where dozens of people sit in front of two or three computer screens, making decisions based on the financial news playing out before them and on large flat-screen TVs.

Almost all Goldman Sachs divisions are represented in the Salt Lake City office, including:

• Investment banking with more than 60 analysts.

• Global investment research involving another three dozen.

• Asset management with around 100 professionals.

• Software engineering, including 450 computer technicians.

Deep talent pool • A team in the New York office scouting for new areas of business came up with the idea of the consumer-lending operation.

It was kick-started in Utah, said Darin Cline, managing director of operations for Marcus in Salt Lake City, because Goldman Sachs already had a strong presence in the area and knew the hiring market and available talent.

Marcus by Goldman Sachs is an online service that offers fixed-rate, no-fee loans to people who are in over their heads in credit card or other debt.

Rates can be as much as 5 percent below what they’re currently paying and range from 5.99 percent to 22.99 percent. They’re offered to consumers with credit scores of 660 or better.

Goldman Sachs developed a simple, three-step approval process that aims to disburse funds within one to two business days.

But if an applicant wants or needs to talk to someone, that’s where the new Salt Lake City team enters the equation.

So for its new loan program, the company sought employees with good social skills who can express understanding to people calling about loans, helping them deal with difficult financial circumstances.

Besides about 150 loan specialists and managers, the office also has employees focusing on risk management and regulatory compliance.

“Leveraging the firm’s infrastructure and talent here enabled us to look for loan specialists who are really passionate, committed and caring to deliver a good customer experience,” said April Danile, the vice president responsible for loan origination.

Herbert Icasiano, vice president responsible for fraud prevention for Marcus, said the new hires receive rigorous training to give them additional skills they need for their jobs.

Boosting downtown’s diversity • Besides a job at a global financial powerhouse, what sells Utah to potential hires and transfers is the lifestyle, Lang said.

The Salt Lake City office hires about 250 college interns every summer, up to about 65 percent from more than 50 out-of-state universities. The company also imports employees from its foreign offices.

“You’ll see this is a very diverse office, and that’s one of the things we’re very proud of,” Lang said. “We are bringing a lot of diverse talent into the firm, [people who] are living and working in downtown Salt Lake City.”

What makes Utah’s capital city attractive to employees?

For one thing, Lang said, its relaxed lifestyle compared to New York, London or Hong Kong.

His own New York commute took about one hour and 15 minutes to and from home. Here, it takes 12 minutes one way. Housing costs and taxes also are lower in Utah, Lang added, and there’s an abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities.

The diversity of the Goldman Sachs workforce — the largest private employer on Main Street, according to Lang — its youth and above-market salaries have contributed to downtown swarming with bodies at lunch and into the night.

“They’ve really changed the face of downtown, in a literal sense,” said Nick Como of the Downtown Alliance.

Poster child for pitching Utah • The company has spent significantly on its Salt Lake City operations.

In 2009, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development gave Goldman Sachs a tax-rebate incentive of up to $47.2 million when the company planned to spend $51 million and create 690 new jobs. Those jobs were estimated to bring in $1.7 billion in new wages over a 20-year period along with $157.6 million in new state tax revenue.

Five years later, GOED extended the company a second tax-refund incentive, this one for up to $13 million over 20 years. The incentive was conditioned on the creation of 350 new Goldman Sachs jobs and a capital investment of up to $40 million in new office space.

This expansion was projected to bring in $1.1 billion in new wages plus state taxes of $43.5 million.

What appeals to GOED Executive Director Val Hale about the Goldman Sachs positions is that they pay at least 150 percent of the average salary in Salt Lake County.

Hale said GOED has been able to leverage Goldman Sachs’ expansion here in other beneficial ways.

“When we meet with other companies and when we give the ‘Why Utah?’ pitch, that we do so often in our office, we almost always point to Goldman Sachs as a great example of what can happen in Utah.”

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10-Day Planner: 30 Fun Things to Do in Northern Utah, Salt Lake City This Week

FRIDAY, May 12

BABY ANIMAL DAYS FUNDRAISER — Visitors will see twice as many baby animals this year and more. 3-8 p.m., Utah State University Botanical Center, 920 S. 50 West, Kaysville. Proceeds will benefit 4-H programs and the botanical gardens. Event will also run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 13. Tickets at $7 per person or $35 for a family of up to six people.

SIMPLE TREASURES MOTHER’S DAY BOUTIQUE — Locally handmade gifts, home and spring decor, treats and more. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Legacy Events Center (Davis Fairgrounds), 151 S. 1100 West, Farmington. Event also runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 13. 801-451-4080. FREE-$1.

DANCE AMERICA ‘THE CONCERT’ COMPETITION — An adjudication only competition, where dancers receive awards based on scores instead of placements. 4:30-10:30 p.m., Peery’s Egyptian Theater, 2415 Washington Blvd., Ogden. Performance also runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 13. 801-689-8700. FREE.


SURPLUS PROPERTY AND BOOK SALE — Don’t miss the opportunity for great savings. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Weber County Library’s North branch, 475 E. 2600 North, North Ogden. 801-337- 2617. FREE.

FAMILY ART SATURDAY — For children of all ages and their families; discover changing exhibitions and take part in hands-on art making activities led by a trained educator. 2 p.m., Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, 20 S. W. Temple, Salt Lake City. 801-328-4201. FREE-$5.

COMMUNITY EVENT — Featuring May Mania Demolition Derby. 7 p.m., Outdoor Stadium, Golden Spike Event Center, 1000 N. 1200 West, Ogden. 801-399-8798. FREE-$26.

SUNDAY, May 14

CHECK OUT HOGLE ZOO — Enjoy the warm weather and visit the 42-acre zoo that houses animals, tropical gardens, and a train and carousel. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., 2600 Sunnyside Ave., Salt Lake City. 801-584-1700. FREE-$16.95.

BIRD SHOW — Check out the beautiful plumage of birds in flight and get up close with the stars of the show. 1 p.m., Education Indoor Space, Tracy Aviary, 589 E. 1300 South, Salt Lake City. Arrive 30 minutes early to ensure a seat. 801-596-8500. FREE-$7.95.

CLARK PLANETARIUM — Visit the Foucault Pendulum exhibit, the first real proof that the Earth spins, and not the sky. 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., The Gateway, 400 W. 100 South, Salt Lake City. 385-468-7827. FREE.

MONDAY, May 15

MAGIC MONDAY — Featuring Elias “Lefty” Caress, resident magician; event also includes comedy and chocolate or ice cream. 7-10 p.m., Hatch Family Chocolate, 376 Eighth Ave., Salt Lake City. 801-532-4912. FREE.

PRESERVE ALL FRONTS — “World War II Homefront Scanning Days” for the community to have memorabilia scanned as part of a project documenting the impact of World War II on Northern Utah. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Building 1955, Hill Aerospace Museum, 7961 Wardleigh Road, Hill Air Force Base. 801-626-6540. FREE.

‘BEAUTY AND THE BEAST’ PERFORMANCE — Don’t miss the rendition of Disney’s classic mermaid fairy tale. 7:30 p.m., The Ziegfeld Theater, 3934 Washington Blvd., Ogden. Performances also run Friday, May 19, through Saturday, May 20. 801-821-2625. $17-$19.


STANDARD-EXAMINER CAREER EXPO — For those interested in exploring the job market. 11 a.m., Golden Spike Event Center, 1000 N. 1200 West, Ogden. 801-399-8798. FREE.

PUPPET PERFORMANCE — Spotlighting professional ventriloquist Meghan Casey and her puppets. 6 p.m., Weber County Library’s Pleasant Valley branch, 5568 Adams Ave. Parkway, Washington Terrace. FREE.

YOUTH CHESS CLUB — Those ages 4-18 are invited to learn and play the ultimate intellectual game. 4 p.m., Weber County Library’s Ogden Valley branch, 131 S. 7400 East, Huntsville. All supplies will be provided. FREE.


MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT — Featuring Frontier Ruckus, known for folk rock with a strong verbal emphasis, “I Am the Water You Are Pumping.” 8 p.m., The State Room, 638 S. State St., Salt Lake City. Doors open at 7 p.m. Must be at least age 21. 1-800-501-2885. $15.

WILD WEDNESDAY: TWEETS AND TWITTERS — Check out songbird social media and learn how birds communicate. 3:45-4:30 p.m., Ogden Nature Center, 966 W. 12th St., Ogden. All ages welcome. Meet at the visitor center. 801-621-7595. $3-$5.

DANCE NIGHT — Live music by Gary Romer; line dancing, 7-7:30 p.m.; ballroom dancing, 7:30-10 p.m., Starstruck Dance Studio, 375 S. State St., Suite G, Clearfield. For ages 40 and older. 801-479-8664. $7.


BOOK DISCUSSION — Featuring “Putin Country: A Journey into the Real Russia,” depicting a rare glimpse into modern-day Russian life, by Anne Garrels. 7 p.m., Weber County Library’s Pleasant Valley branch, 5568 Adams Ave. Parkway, Washington Terrace. Books available at reference desk. 801-337-2690. FREE.

UTAH DANCE ACADEMY — Presents BELIEVE & Reach for the Stars! featuring the academy and competition teams as they showcase their talents. 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Peery’s Egyptian Theater, 2415 Washington Blvd., Ogden. 801-689-8700. $5-$10.

JEWELRY MAKING/SILVERSMITHING CLASS — Bring design ideas, metal and stones, and learn how to create jewelry from Rene Venegas, a 16th-generation master silversmith. 6 p.m., The Local Artisan Collective, 2371 Kiesel Ave., Ogden. $50 for each three-hour class.

FRIDAY, May 19

SUBLIMATION EXHIBIT — Opening reception featuring the artwork of Michael Ryan Handley. 7-9 p.m., Street Gallery, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, 20 S.W. Temple, Salt Lake City. Exhibit runs through Sept. 9. 801-328-4201. Suggested donation, $5.

TEMPLE SQUARE PERFORMANCE — Featuring the Sally Bytheway Chorale directed by Sally Brinton. 7:30 p.m., Assembly Hall, Temple Square, 50 N. Temple, Salt Lake City. For ages 8 and older. 801-240-3323. FREE.

MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT — Featuring Austin Weyand, finger-style guitarist and his acoustic band. 7:30 p.m., Brigham City Fine Arts Center, 58 S. 100 West, Brigham City. 435-723-0740. $8-$12.


STAR PARTY — Members of the Ogden Astronomical Society invite you to look through their telescopes; deep space viewing begins at dark. 6 p.m., White Rock Bay Campground, Antelope Island State Park, 4528 W. 1700 South, Syracuse. 801-721-9569. $10 per vehicle.

GAMING TOURNAMENT — For ages 14 and younger. 2 p.m., Weber County Library’s Southwest branch, 2039 W. 4000 South, Roy. Prizes will be awarded. 801-337-2670. FREE.

SPRING SHOW — Featuring La Rae’s Dance Unlimited and its presentation of “World of Dance.” 7:30 p.m., Peery’s Egyptian Theater, 2415 Washington Blvd., Ogden. 801-689-8700. FREE.

SUNDAY, May 21

YOUTH FISHING CAMP SIGNUP — Children ages 8-12 can learn how to fish in a safe, friendly environment; fishing dates: June 13-14, June 20-21, and June 27-28. 6-8 p.m., USU Botanical Center, 920 S. 50 West, Kaysville. Children age 12 must have a $5 fishing license. Equipment is provided, but you can bring your own. Register at $30.

DISCOVER THE DINOSAURS UNLEASHED — Your family will enjoy a journey back to a time when dinosaurs roamed the earth. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., South Towne Expo Center, 9575 S. State St., Sandy. 385-468-2260. $11-$47.

CHECK OUT THE ANIMALS — Learn all about 450 species. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Loveland Living Planet Aquarium, 12033 Lone Peak Parkway, Draper. 801-355-3474. FREE-$19.95.

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Salt Lake City reacts to Warriors complaints about “no fun” in Utah

Salt Lake City officials assure Kevin Durant and the Warriors they can have a ball in Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Not surprisingly, many Warriors players hoped to be spending their Western Conference Semifinals leisure time in Los Angeles rather than Utah.

Some Warriors complained “there’s nothing to do in Utah,” as they begrudgingly planned for games in Salt Lake City on Saturday and Monday.

Well, cheer up, Warriors. It turns out there’s plenty of fun to be had in Salt Lake City. It’s not like 1.1 million people live there because they have to, right?


No one asked Scott Beck, but as the president and CEO of “Visit Salt Lake,” he felt compelled to share with the Warriors a video showing all of the fun possibilities that await them this weekend.

(We can’t be sure, but it seems Beck and his staff may be trolling the Warriors even more at the video’s 1:40 mark by showing Jazz forward Derrick Favors dunking over Kevin Durant, while Durant was with Oklahoma City).

Beck personally reached out to the Warriors and their followers on Tuesday with this note:

Dear Golden State Warrior players, coaches and fans,

On behalf of Utah’s capital city, we can’t wait to host you in Salt Lake this weekend. We appreciate your concern that there’s nothing to do in Salt Lake, so much so that we’ve created a little video for you confirming the fact that, indeed, ‘There’s Nothing To Do In Salt Lake.’ Enjoy!

And just in case you do stumble across something to do while here in Salt Lake, all of our bartenders and servers are on notice to keep you up late!

Cheers, and GO JAZZ!”

Of course, “late” is a relative term in Salt Lake City. One of the things Beck didn’t mention is that Utah’s strict alcohol laws forbid any alcohol to be served after 1 a.m.

Leave it to Stephen Curry to put it all into proper perspective.

“Guys are disciplined. They know how to handle themselves in whatever city,” Curry told ESPN. “Obviously, most of the guys here are more familiar with L.A. than Salt Lake City. But at the end of the day, if you’re worried about extracurricular during the playoffs and that’s your priority, then you got it twisted already. It’s a business trip wherever we end up going. We’ll be ready.”

How 7 Salt Lake City Neighborhoods Got Their Names

Once known for being an ultra-religious Mormon stronghold and not much else, Utah’s capital, Salt Lake City, is having a moment. As it slowly sheds its teetotaling, conservative past, SLC is becoming a destination for craft beer, arthouse movies, and coffeehouse culture. But Salt Lake City also has a rich and compelling history, and its pioneers played a major role in the westward expansion of the United States. Read on to learn more about this dichotomous—yet somehow harmonious—city by the Great Salt Lake.


Just north of downtown, on Salt Lake City’s Capitol Hill, you’ll find the Marmalade Hill Historic District, one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods. They’ve laid on the charm here, with Italianate, Carpenter Gothic, and Russian-influenced architecture sprinkled throughout. It’s also one of Salt Lake City’s LGBT-friendly neighborhoods, along with the avenues just to the east. The Marmalade District got its adorable name thanks to the names of its streets, some of which are named after fruits, themselves referencing the orchards once planted there by the city’s founders. (The 19th century pioneers who settled Utah were big on preserves, understandably—such as marmalade.) Fruit-themed streets in the Marmalade District that have survived to the present day Quince Street, Almond Street, and West Apricot Avenue.

Sugar House Park. Image credit: Edgar Zuniga Jr. via Flickr // CC BY-ND 2.0

Another one of the city’s oldest districts is Sugar House, established in 1853. Not long after its founding, the Deseret Manufacturing Company set up shop in an old smithy in the neighborhood, aiming to avoid the high cost of importing sugar to the Utah Territory from the Midwest by processing beets into refined sugar. The construction of the factory was plagued by delays, and when it was finally finished, the machinery didn’t actually work. The building was converted into a paper mill in 1856.

But the name Sugar House, suggested by the mayor’s wife, stuck, and subsequent building projects were also christened with it, including the now-defunct Sugar House Prison and later the Sugar House Park that replaced it. When the neighborhood’s Sprague Library was dedicated in 1928, Mayor John F. Bowman suggested at the ceremony that Sugar House be rebranded as “South East Salt Lake City.” His idea was rejected.


In 1902, the Latter-Day Saints Millennial Star reported that “The Deseret Agricultural and Manufacturing Society of Utah … now proposes to hold all State fairs at the Agricultural park on the western outskirts of Salt Lake City. A $30,000 permanent building will be erected in the spring.” This fair had begun in 1856 as an “agricultural sermon” intended to “encourage the production of articles from the native elements in Utah Territory,” and was held irregularly in various offices and LDS meeting houses until the legislature bought the aforementioned agricultural park—known thereafter as the Fairpark. (Records for an early incarnation of the fair show that it awarded prizes for best boar, best pair of woolen hose, best six brooms, best map of Utah, best shoelaces, best penmanship, best fall pear, and best sweet potato, among other categories.)

Folks mostly refer to the whole area as Fairpark now, but some real estate types still use its earlier name—Agricultural Park—to talk about a select triangle of Fairpark southwest of the Jordan River and down to North Temple and Redwood Road. The city limits have expanded since 1902, of course; no longer on the city’s outskirts, the Fairpark neighborhood now sits roughly in the center of SLC. By the way, the $30,000 building mentioned in the Latter-Day Saints Millennial Star article—a mix of Beaux Arts and Mission styles known as the Horticulture Building until it was renamed Promontory Hall in 1977—still stands at the entrance of the Fairpark.


Once an industrial area, the emerging Granary District is named for its colossal grain silos, which served the area’s once-numerous flour mills in a past life. Left to decay for decades after the rail lines moved west, the neighborhood has benefited from a recent redesign campaign, and it’s become a haven for artists and entrepreneurs who’re attracted to its gritty personality. These days, the Granary District is better known for its indie breweries , hip coffee shops, and Granary Row, an annual street festival that comprises a beer garden, food trucks, and pop-up shops housed in shipping containers.


Although it sits just outside of Salt Lake City proper, abutting the city’s northeastern border, Emigration Oaks and the adjacent Emigration Canyon play an important part in SLC’s history. The small township takes its name from a 18-square-mile swath of woods, which itself is so named for the emigrants who passed through it and the canyon in the 1840s. These included both the Mormons and the ill-fated Donner-Reed Party that forged a route across Emigration Canyon, en route to California, a year before Brigham Young and his pioneers led their own wagon trains through the rocky terrain. (Nearby Donner Hill is named for the groups’ leader, George Donner; they climbed it afer having given up on the canyon, a decision that may have doomed the group.)

Young himself would later lead between 60,000 and 70,000 more Mormons from the Midwest to the Salt Lake Valley through this region—Mormons who, in turn, built around 400 settlements, including Salt Lake City. Today, the area is known both for its tony new mansions and its offbeat vintage architecture, such as the Pink Garage—once the supposed gangster hideout of Prohibition-era bootlegger Cleveland Bunnell Lester.

Edgar Zuniga Jr. via Flickr // CC BY 2.0

Located just south of downtown Salt Lake City, People’s Freeway is sort of like the southern half of the Granary District—or perhaps it’s the Granary that seems to be rising out of a portion of People’s Freeway. This neighborhood is known for its affordability, its mass transit, and, unsurprisingly, its easy access to the freeway, with I-15 forming its western boundary and two major freeway entrances within its borders. It’s also got great old diners and dive bars—as well as Smith’s Ballpark, which hosts minor league and university baseball games.


Like the Marmalade District, the Harvard-Yale neighborhood is another SLC district known for both its architectural jewels and themed street names. Also called Yalecrest, the area features streets named for Ivy League universities, such as Princeton, Yale, and Harvard Avenues. The neighborhood’s homes are largely from the late 1800s and early 1900s, with English Cottage and English Tudor styles featured prominently. The area was once used as farmland by Salt Lake City’s early settlers and is overwhelmingly residential today, having served as a home base for many LDS church leaders, business executives, and the well-to-do in general. The whole district has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 2007, although a single home within Yalecrest—a Prairie School-style bungalow formerly belonging to 8th LDS president George Albert Smith—has held its own spot on the National Register since 1993.


Located in southeast Salt Lake City, the community of Wasatch Hollow is named for a valley—or hollow—created by the Wasatch Mountains, which stand over the city from the east. The Wasatch Range itself is named after a Ute (a local Native American people) word meaning “mountain pass” or “low pass over high range.” Established in the 1920s, the neighborhood is mainly residential, although the “15th & 15th” business district boasts several popular restaurants. (“Wasatch Hollow” and “15th & 15th” are sometimes used interchangeably.)


Rose Park’s name isn’t terribly imaginative, but involves a cute story. In the 1940s, the area’s developer set out to realize his vision of a neighborhood laid out (vaguely) in the shape of a rose, with short residential streets curving around one another like petals. The main street, American Beauty Drive, was supposed to make it a long-stemmed rose. The dedication to this idea was so intense that all the houses’ roofs originally had either red or green shingles. One the most ethnically diverse areas in the state, Rose Park is in full bloom these days after a period of economic depression, and Salt Lakers appreciate its affordable real estate prices, huge community garden, and excellent Latin food. The layout has grown and changed since the ‘40s and isn’t really shaped like a rose anymore, but the idea is preserved in the names of the streets, which are different varieties of roses: Capistrano, Topaz, and Nocturne, to name a few.

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Salt Lake City Is A Great Place To Call Home

With towering mountains on one side and the Great Salt Lake on the other, Salt Lake City is surrounded by beauty. The incredible views are only one of the many reasons why it is a great place to call home, however. There are a lot of things to love about this beautiful city in Utah.

One thing that makes Salt Lake such a great place to live is that there are a lot of jobs to go around. Unlike other parts of the country where work is scarce, you can usually find a job within a very short period of time. In recent years, a lot of tech companies have started moving to the area, bringing good jobs along with them. If you are looking for steady employment, there is no better place to be.

If you love to ski, Salt Lake has a lot to offer. The city is surrounded by some of the most famous ski resorts in the country. For instance, Park City, Utah is located just a short distance from the city and is world renowned for its incredible skiing.

Even if you don’t enjoy winter sports, there is still a lot to do in the area. If you love shopping, there are a lot of amazing stores in the city that carry just about anything that you might need. You can also spend time dining at some of the amazing restaurants that the area has to offer.

Unlike other big cities, Salt Lake generally doesn’t have a lot of problems with traffic. You can usually get wherever you need to go quickly without running into any major delays or congestion.

If you are looking for an affordable, friendly city to call home, Salt Lake City is definitely worth a closer look.


Salt Lake City Residents Invited to Wildfire Simulation

Salt Lake City residents are invited to an interactive, three-dimensional wildfire simulation Saturday morning to prepare them for wildfire season.

The 10 a.m. event will teach attendees about potential patterns and problems that could arise in case of a local wildfire, according to a news release from the Salt Lake City Fire Department, and will be held at the city’s Public Safety Building, 475 S. 300 East.

A device, called a “Simtable,” generates the simulation by allowing participants to use an actual lighter to start a heat-sensored, computer-generated wildfire, the release says.

Residents living in the Avenues, Foothill and East bench areas are “particularly encouraged” to attend, the release says, due to the threat of wildfire sprawl near their homes.

Biskupski Orders Resignation of Salt Lake City’s Longtime Uta Trustee

SALT LAKE CITY — Under orders from Mayor Jackie Biskupski, Salt Lake City’s longtime representative on the Utah Transit Authority’s board of trustees has resigned.

Keith Bartholomew — an associate professor of city and metropolitan planning at the University of Utah who served 13 years on the UTA board as an appointee under the tenures of former Mayors Rocky Anderson and Ralph Becker — submitted his resignation during the board’s meeting Wednesday.

The reasons why Biskupski called for Bartholomew’s immediate resignation, however, vary depending on who you ask.

Bartholomew says the mayor obviously wasn’t impressed with his representation of Salt Lake City.

“She said I have done absolutely nothing for Salt Lake City in the whole time I’ve been on the UTA board,” Bartholomew said in an interview Thursday — a concept he contests.

“This is my lifeblood,” Bartholomew said. “I live, eat and breathe planning and transportation and transit. … Being able to offer that in a policy setting is very meaningful to me. I think I have something of value, given my experience, but I guess that didn’t sit well with the mayor.”

Biskupski was not available for comment Thursday, but her spokesman, Matthew Rojas, said the “primary” reason the mayor called for Bartholomew’s resignation was because she had concerns about the length of his term and the circumstances under which he was last appointed.

Under state law, UTA trustee terms run for four years, then they’re up for reappointment or replacement by their appointing agencies. In Bartholomew’s case, he was last appointed by former Mayor Ralph Becker in 2015.

But Rojas said the mayor became concerned when her staff wasn’t able to find any records within City Council minutes affirming Bartholomew’s last appointment.

“We couldn’t find any documentation that he went through the advice and consent process in 2015,” Rojas said. “In all honesty, the reason why this happened is because it was brought to our attention that he has been serving on the board longer than he should have been serving. That was the primary reason why he was asked to resign.”

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Rojas said he “didn’t know why” Bartholomew would say Biskupski disliked his performance.

While Bartholomew said there may have been a technical “lapse” because of the apparent lack of City Council consent in 2015, he did receive signed approval from Becker to continue serving on the UTA board. Otherwise, he legally wouldn’t have been able to continue his term.

Either way, Bartholomew said Biskupski’s staff began investigating his appointment after he and the mayor talked last week — a conversation from which Bartholomew gathered Biskupski wasn’t fond of his performance on the board.

Bartholomew points out that over the last 13 years, UTA’s services have been concentrated in population-dense areas including downtown Salt Lake City, as well as South Salt Lake, Midvale and Murray.

However, Bartholomew added that his job wasn’t to act solely on behalf of Salt Lake City’s interests — but also as a trustee member devoted to the overall success of UTA.

“I wasn’t there to bring home the bacon for Salt Lake City,” Bartholomew said. “It was my job to be a responsible board member, looking out for the health and well-being of the entire agency.”

That’s a goal Bartholomew believes he accomplished alongside other UTA trustees, while also representing the city that appointed him.

In his resignation letter, Bartholomew pointed out that over the past 13 years, UTA expanded from two rail lines to six, with more than 6,300 bus stops. He said over the past 13 years, UTA’s ridership has grown by 32 percent.

“The rail and bus expansions … make it possible for tens of thousands of people to get to and from where they live, work, educate and play,” he wrote in his letter. “That improvement in access to opportunities has improved the lives of countless citizens in Salt Lake City and around our region.”

But Bartholomew’s resignation comes amid a troubled time for UTA.

The agency reached a nonprosecution agreement with federal prosecutors earlier this month in exchange for UTA’s cooperation in a criminal probe into former UTA board members and possible misuse of taxpayer funds and development around train stations.

Bartholomew said during his conversations with Biskupski, she had expressed concern about UTA’s “erosion of public trust.”

“I share those concerns,” said Bartholomew, who’s served on the board throughout UTA’s most controversial times.

“When people within the agency abused and violated the rules, they were caught, and consequences were forthcoming,” he said. “Granted, we all wish we could have caught them sooner. We wish they didn’t happen in the first place.”

He pointed out UTA now has policies in place to increase its transparency and provide “more checks to ensure integrity.”

When asked if concerns about UTA’s past had anything to do with calling for Bartholomew’s resignation, Rojas again said the “primary” reason was concern over the trustee’s term.

Bartholomew said he was disappointed by Biskupski’s call for his resignation but understands it’s in the mayor’s purview to choose an appointee.

“It’s the mayor’s choice,” he said. “It’s her prerogative. And that’s fine.”

Rojas said Salt Lake City doesn’t yet have a replacement lined up but will begin the process to seek a new appointee.