- Sugar House Master PlanOctober 29th, 2009
- Rage Against Poor Community DesignSeptember 23rd, 2009
- The Sugar House ObeliskAugust 18th, 2009
- Simonsen and Hill Initiate Community StudioApril 24th, 2009
- Sugar House According to BobJuly 20th, 2009
- Photos of Sugarhouse and Local Salt Lake City MerchantsAugust 21st, 2009
Back in March 2007, Utahstoires.com set out to find answers to the questions on the minds of all Sugar House area residents:
Will Sugar House’s unique ecletic charm go by the wayside to corporate enticing homogenous development? Also, who could begin to think that the best option for the only place in Salt Lake City that still retains its local unique flair on one entire city block should be demolished and rebuilt into what appears to be a Gatewayesque development?
In April 2007, many of the area merchants seemed complacent in the realization that the fight was now a lost cause. Pib’s owner, Phil Snow didn’t think he would move back to the block after the construction project, however he seemed optimistic about the future of his business and his move across the street from the liquor store, East of 24 Hour fitness. Sugar House Coffee shop owner Bob Evans feels betrayed not by his landlord, Craig Mecham, but more by the American shopper. He believes that the local shops like his are such a rarity, not because of “evil corporate America or profiteering landlords” but more because American shoppers prefer the Gaps, Old Navy and Starbucks to the local shops. “You can’t blame a landowner for simply providing what the marketplace demands.” However, its a much different story when talking to the patrons of the shops.
Opinions From The Sugar House Community
|watch videoSugar House in its former glory (footage from May 2007)||watch video Interview with Sugar House Coffee owner Bob evans||watch video Opinions from clothing merchants Pib’s owner Phil Snow||watch video Hear from Orion’s Music Patrons||watch videoSugar House coffee patron Vincent|
Area teens feel betrayed that the one place they can go and “be themselves” is being sold out from under them. They attribute the success to the block to themselves. They would never shop at Gateway, they are unique individuals and they want to shop at unique places. Teens say the ambiance of Sugar House and its charm represent part of what they believe is by-in-large lost in America, a sense of place.
In my interview with newly elected city planner Soren Simonson, (City Council representative for Sugar House) I found a man who is in the minority opinion. He believes that in the City Council’s decision to rezone the block had been wrong. Working as an City Planner and smart growth consultant for the past 20 years, Simonsen said that Sugar House in its current form has many attributes that other cities and neighborhoods try to acquire and emulate. Mainly the pedestrian traffic, walkability of the neighborhood and shops that residents choose to walk rather than drive to.
Opinions From Area Teens and City Leaders
|watch video highlights from the City Council meeting.||watch videoHear from area teenager Spencer Skippers||watch videoHear Doug White’s account of the past 20 year history of Sugar House||watch videoInterview with Sugar House City Council Rep. Soren Simonson||watch videoInterview with Salt Lake County Rep. Jenny Wilson|