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City Council Could Override Mayor's Veto of Skybridge

City Council Could Override Mayor's Veto of Skybridge



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(KSL News) Today the Salt Lake City Council could vote to reverse Mayor Rocky Anderson's veto of an amendment that would allow a skybridge in downtown Salt Lake.

Mayor Anderson says the skybridge would block views, as well as take people off Main Street. He said, "If the proposed skybridge were built... the presence of people on Main Street would be hindered at the street level. Visitors... would be kept inside the City Creek mall, rather than flowing naturally to Main Street, a place in need of our focus and protection."

He also says the historic character of the area would be ruined.

The proposed skybridge would connect the two halves of the City Creek Center downtown redevelopment project.

Most council members agree that the bridge would help attract retailers and could be designed with escalators to the street to allow more Main Street access.

In April the City Council voted to amend the city's master plan to make room for a skybridge. They now need five votes to override the mayor's veto.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)

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