Main Street Thriving in Utah

Midvale used to be the heart of Utah's mining industry. After an economic slump, downtown Midvale has come back thanks to small businesses and a new influx of immigrants.
September 28, 2008, 7am PDT | Tim Halbur
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The boom in business is no coincidence. The city has worked hard to preserve the neighborhood's historic, walkable feel.

Economic Development Director Christopher Butte has labored to recruit new businesses to the area, and has big plans for Main Street's future."

"Connection to the past is what attracted many new tenants to the area. Several businesses are housed in historic buildings that have been restored. Others, like Architecture Belgique Inc., have rebuilt in keeping with the area's historic vibe.

Guillaume Belgique, the company's owner, was drawn to Main Street for its "charm and character." He saw building there as a great opportunity to show his firm's design abilities, and the building looks like it is at least 100 years old."

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Published on Thursday, September 25, 2008 in The Salt Lake Tribune
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