Development Blamed In Downtown Abandonment

<p>Despite its tax benefits, a big mixed-use project in Salt Lake City is being blamed for making the downtown a virtual deadzone.</p>
October 30, 2007, 11am PDT | Nate Berg
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"In a recent newspaper article, Ralph Becker, who is running for mayor of Salt Lake City, called The Gateway 'a big mistake.'"

"Becker said that the open-air shopping mall and business/residential complex on the west side 'sucked the life out of this city.'"

"Remember the downtown formerly known as Salt Lake City?"

"It is now either being torn down or should be."

"City gridlock these days is when the big trucks hauling out the debris run into the big trucks coming back from the landfill."

"Even the skaters have fled."

"Calling Salt Lake City a big hole is now grammatically correct."

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Published on Sunday, October 28, 2007 in Deseret Morning News
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