Past

Downtown Rising is a guiding vision launched by the Salt Lake Chamber in partnership with the Downtown Alliance to shape the future of downtown Salt Lake City. The Downtown Rising process started in 2006 and was unveiled to the community in 2007. Based on the Second Century Plan from the 1960’s, the vision captures the hopes and aspirations for the urban center of Utah’s capital city and was a consensus-based approach, with public and private sector participation. 

A link to the original Downtown Rising plan can be found here.

This vision builds on existing plans such as the Salt Lake City Master Plan,and Transportation Master Plans. These and other planning documents can be found here.

Original Conveners

  • Mike Allegra
  • Scott Anderson
  • Neil Ashdown
  • Pamela Atkinson
  • Doug Barber
  • D.J. Baxter
  • Lane Beattie
  • Scott Beck
  • Curtis Bennett
  • Bruce Bingham
  • Cynthia Bioteau
  • Roger Borgenicht
  • Nancy Boskoff
  • Jake Boyer
  • Roger Boyer
  • Carlos Braceros
  • Milt Braselton
  • Michael Budge
  • David Burton
  • Dale Carpenter
  • Peter Coles
  • Lew Cramer
  • Chris Crowley
  • Wes Curtis
  • Bill D’Evelyn
  • Doug Dansie
  • Palmer DePaulis
  • Spence Eccles
  • Jeff Edwards
  • Clint Ensign
  • Bob Farrington
  • Jerry Fenn
  • Jason Foster
  • Stephanie Frohman
  • Mike Gallegos
  • Jack Gallivan
  • Kem Gardner
  • Greg Geilmann
  • Kelly Gilman
  • Natalie Gochnour
  • Rick Graham
  • Robert Grow
  • Tom Guinney
  • Jack Hammond
  • Dell Loy Hansen
  • Tim Harpst
  • Dennis Haslam
  • Mark Howell
  • Bob Hueffner
  • Margaret Hunt
  • Alex Ikefuna
  • John Inglish
  • Allyson Isom
  • Clark Ivory
  • Ellis Ivory
  • Phil Jordan
  • Bill Knowles
  • Ted Knowlton
  • Debbie Kotter-Barkley
  • Leah Ann Lamb
  • Brent Lawrence
  • Martin Lewis
  • Dan Lofgren
  • Brent Low
  • Steve Lundgren
  • Alan Matheson
  • Frank Matheson
  • Joseph Mayo
  • Alison McFarlane
  • Peter McMahon
  • Larry Miller
  • Prescott Muir
  • Bill Nelson
  • Dianne Nielson
  • Kerry Nielson
  • John Njord
  • Dave Oka
  • Randy Park
  • Vasilios Priskos
  • Keith Rattie
  • Ellen Reddick
  • Holly Robb
  • Jim Robson
  • Jeff Rossi
  • Brenda Scheer
  • George Shaw
  • Dean Singleton
  • Shane Smith
  • Robert Spendlove
  • Alice Steiner
  • Ben Teran
  • Steve Tyler
  • Vicki Varela
  • Mark Vlasic
  • Rich Walje
  • Jim Wall
  • Walker Wallace
  • Chuck Ware
  • Russell Weeks
  • Brian Wilkinson


Downtown Rising endorsed nine principles for building a more dynamic and diverse urban center:

  • Lively and Welcoming
  • Necklace of Green
  • Dynamic Urban Living
  • Great Urban Design
  • World City
  • City of Learning
  • Center for Arts and Entertainment
  • Green
  • Heart of Commerce

Downtown Rising identified six character districts. These districts are defined by predominant users, architecture, scale of buildings and nature of the streets. There are no hard and fast rules about what uses are allowed in a district. What’s important is that over time, each district reinforce a distinct sense of place:

  • Temple Square District
  • Broadway District
  • Gateway District
  • Skyline District
  • Salt Palace / Arena District
  • Grand Boulevards District

Downtown Rising recommended eight signature projects to help make Salt Lake City one of the most livable and prosperous cities in the nation. A dynamic urban center helps drive the state’s economy and improves business conditions for the entire region. Downtown Rising must continue to be an integral part of Utah’s economic development strategies.

  • Dynamic Urban Living
  • Regional Rail
  • University Boulevard
  • Utah Performance Center / Eccles Theater
  • Public Market
  • Range to River Trail System
  • Sports and Fitness Center
  • Global Exchange Place