THE SOUL OF OUR CITY
Downtown Rising recommends establishing and nurturing districts with distinctive character and soul. Districts are defined by a multitude of elements, including predominant users, architecture, the scale of buildings and the materials they are made from, the type of landscaping, and the nature of street uses.
It's important to note that the evolution of districts is an organic process; it will change over time as downtown changes. Also, there are no hard and fast rules about what uses are in a particular district - an art gallery or condos can be in the Skyline District, for instance, or an office tower can be in the Salt Palace District. What's important is that, over time, each district will "feel" different from its neighbors; each will have a distinct sense of place. Downtown Rising will help further this objective by putting more structure to the idea and raising awareness about its importance.
Six broad downtown district designations are recommended through the Downtown Rising process. This means that attention and resources should be focused on building the identities of these districts for residents and visitors. While it's necessary to define relatively distinct district boundaries for them to have meaning, districts will overlap around their edges. Likewise, smaller, historically defined areas, such as Japantown, Greektown and Little Italy, will be respected and nourished within the larger district framework.
The Skyline District is, first and foremost, cosmopolitan. It bustles with activity and purpose; it invokes action and prosperity. Home to downtown's traditional business center along Main Street, the Skyline District is what its name implies - the place for taller buildings, commerce, government activity, entertainment and unique shopping. The Skyline District includes downtown's largest concentration of office workers and a growing number of residents.
It's where a new corporate headquarters building and high-rise apartment buildings feel at home. The new mixed-use City Creek Center anchors the northern edge of the Skyline District. Mid-rise residential buildings line 200 East in a "Park Avenue" concept featuring green parkways in the center of the street, creating a pleasant, leafy pedestrian-oriented environment.
Temple Square District
The calm and tranquil antithesis of the Skyline District to the south is the Temple Square District. It is green, contemplative and at a slight remove from the material world. Centered on the majestic Salt Lake LDS Temple, built with pioneer determination over 40 years, the Temple Square District is the historical spiritual heart of downtown. It contains not only the important religious buildings on Temple Square itself - the city's and state's largest visitor attraction - but also a major employment center at the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints office complex, and a new higher-education center composed of the LDS Business College and Brigham Young University's Salt Lake City extension. The Temple Square District has promising opportunities for serving as a key link in efforts to connect the Wasatch Range with the Jordan River Parkway by a network of Green Loops.
The Broadway District
is one of the places Salt Lake City goes to have fun. It is the lively epicenter for the arts, culture, entertainment and hospitality. It is animated, bold and lively. The Broadway District takes its cue both from the historical name for 300 South - Broadway, which the district is centered on - and from the quintessential home for theater and entertainment in New York. The Broadway District contains the theaters, art galleries, restaurants and bars that make downtown the cultural center of the Intermountain West. The Broadway District is home to growing population of residents living in new condos and converted loft- style flats, and it includes the Downtown Public Market, located in a permanent home in Pioneer Park or elsewhere in this area. The District is enlivened by the creation of interesting places for bars, restaurants and shops in the interior of blocks, connected to the street by pedestrian passageways.
The Salt Palace District
is all about hosting and caring for our visitors. It feels welcoming, friendly and gracious. With the newly expanded Salt Palace Convention Center at its core, the Salt Palace District is the place for conventions and trade shows and their related hotels and services, the place people temporarily call home while visiting the city. Because of its focus on visitors, the Salt Palace District is closely intertwined with and overlaps the Broadway District, and could serve as home for a large performing arts center to house professional traveling shows and other events. The Salt Palace District will also be the site of a future convention- headquarters hotel featuring up to 1,000 rooms. This district is also one logical home for a future Global Exchange Place, a group of buildings that could include an international mediation center, a language translation facility and educational components - all gathered around a pedestrian-oriented plaza.
The Gateway District is entrepreneurial, lively and inventive. It is an incubator for new enterprises and creativity -- the place where artisans, writers, entrepreneurs and others congregate to live, work, shop and converse. It's warehouse spaces are filled with art galleries, high-tech businesses, unique shops and one-of-a-kind restaurants. The Gateway District encompasses a broad swatch of downtown stretching west to Interstate 15 and including several sub-districts such as the Rio Grande District, Granary District and The Gateway shopping district itself. As the name implies the Gateway District is key to downtown as the entry point for most visitors via automobile, light rail, bus and commuter rail. It is home to the new Salt Lake Central Station, the intermodal transit hub that will grow in importance along with the downtown and regional rail network. Its excellent transit connections, supply of warehouse structures, superb shopping and undeveloped land make the Gateway District a center of focus for Salt Lake City's growing downtown.
Grand Boulevards District
The Grand Boulevards welcome the world to downtown Salt Lake. This district includes the foremost entry corridor from the Salt Lake International Airport and is also home to many of Downtown's hotels. With many hotels, it is truly a hospitality neighborhood. As such, the Grand Boulevards offer an outstanding first impression. The dominant features of this district are 500 South and 600 South leading to the doorstep of the Grand America Hotel. Buildings here clearly have the strongest presence on the street - creating an urban ambience - while stately landscaping hints at the beauty further within downtown. The urban design is monumental, befitting the width and character of these Grand Boulevards.