I say that one actual exceptional thing about Washington, DC is that the entire world mostly defines and interprets the city in terms of its place as the national capital of the United States of America, "leader of the free world," the place with the national monuments and museums, therefore abnegating the experience of the city as a place where people live and have a history that is not solely defined by the "National Experience."
Well, Salt Lake City has that problem too in terms of how most of us who have never been there believe that it must be a pretty staid place, given that it is the "National and World Capital" of the Mormon Church. Since Mormons don't do "bad" things like drink alcoholic beverages or caffeine, smoke, have sex without marriage (not true...), take drugs, etc., shouldn't the city be pretty straight laced?
There is sprawl and plenty of it. (Brigham Young was a planner, and he created a grid system. But he made the blocks too big, so it's not necessarily a good place for walking.)
But the city is surrounded by mountains. And I wonder if that somehow influences some of the state's more recent sound planning practices?, such as Envision Utah
The sprawl allows for some incredible signage.
Some of it advertises prurient stuff, which must not make the Mormons too happy.
You can drink alcohol.
And do art and graffiti.
There are leftover commercial districts where some interesting stuff is going on, from the Sugar House district to an local arts district in downtown.
Fice clothing boutique.
A ski and snowboard shop.
Not my photo. But Suzanne and Lupine went to the store, except it was closed.
There is a strong local business support effort as well and some cool stores including boutiques and art galleries and a great bookstore (Ken Sanders Rare Books).
I was in town for a funeral and so familial responsibilities meant I couldn't really get out and explore very much. I'd gladly go back to do so, sooner rather than later.
Labels: commercial district revitalization, cultural heritage/tourism, tourism