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The Ogden You Never Knew

By Jesse Fruhwirth
Posted // April 13,2011 - Calling Ogden “a city that has been less than successful in the revitalization arena” raised hackles among defenders of Utah’s second city [see Hits & Misses, April 7, City Weekly]. Ogden’s not just cattle and railroads, or gangs and drugs, anymore.

“Ogden is a leader in revitalization in this country. Other cities around the nation are turning to Ogden for ideas,” wrote indieogden, who linked to her hip blog on all things O-Town:

“It’s sad when a city cannot shake its old image. ... I can vouch for Ogden being the dumping ground for unkind comments my entire 55 years. Frankly, guys, much of it was deserved at the time,” wrote BlackMamba, before joining the chorus of those saying the city has come a long way.

“The revitalization of the city has been successful (quite to my surprise),” wrote Anon, “and continues to be so. If [writer Katharine Biele] thinks that the Ogden project is a bust, she’s sorely mistaken.”

Rant Control mostly agrees with the commenters. Ogden’s 25th Street is among the coolest nuclei for local business in the state, and you can get there by FrontRunner. Housing prices are also attractive compared to other Wasatch Front communities. There’s still some O-Town grit, but “Hogtown” is definitely on the rise.

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