Dear City Guide Reader,
With this 2010 City Guide from City Weekly, you are well-equipped with new ideas for places to go and things to do in Salt Lake City. As Salt Lake City mayor, I welcome and encourage residents and visitors to enjoy Utah’s Capital City.
In the past year, Salt Lake City has experienced some momentous events. From the passage of housing and employment nondiscrimination ordinances to the progress we’ve made on development of the North Temple Grand Boulevard and public-safety-complex projects, an exciting momentum is influencing the future of our city. All of these great changes demonstrate a place of strength and vitality as we continue to take shape as a great American city.
Salt Lake City is a diverse and colorful community where all are welcome to live and work. Like me—a transplant from Washington, D.C.—many visitors make Salt Lake City their home because of the lifestyle and opportunities found here. The city’s rugged mountain range offers an array of recreational choices and beautifully complements the cultural and athletic offerings of our urban setting.
With the greatest snow on earth, Salt Lake City is the gateway to nine of the nation’s leading ski resorts. For the culturally minded, we are home to Ballet West and the Utah Symphony & Opera. The Leonardo, under the direction of our own Nobel Prize-winning scientist Dr. Mario Capecchi, will be the nation’s premier science/art/tech education center. Real Salt Lake, the newly crowned Major League Soccer champions; the Utah Jazz; the Salt Lake Bees; and the Mountain West Conference-leading University of Utah football team satisfy the most avid sports enthusiasts.
Our city’s unique neighborhoods are thriving and growing. Sugar House was named one of the “Best Old Home Neighborhoods of 2009” by This Old House magazine. Projects along the Jordan River, including the preservation of the historic Fisher Mansion (1206 W. 200 South), and the work toward completion of the Jordan River Trail, have benefitted from grant funding helping to restore and maintain this unique area of Salt Lake City. Open-space acquisitions like the Wasatch Hollow Nature Park (1700 South and 1700 East) increase green space throughout the city for future generations to enjoy.
Salt Lake City’s vibrant downtown is easily accessible with our TRAX rail system, 38 new bike lane miles and many pedestrian walkways available to residents and visitors. I encourage you to take advantage of these transportation alternatives as you experience our beautiful city.
Mayor Ralph Becker