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If a community's progress can be measured by the amount of construction going on, downtown Salt Lake City is booming.
Just take a look around: project after project after project, all contributing to the changing complexion of the capitol city. Some, such as the extension of UTA's TRAX line, are publically funded. Most, though, have attracted private and institutional investment, which suggest experts who look to turn a profit see a terrific future for Salt Lake.
Of course, the billion-dollar City Creek development undertaken by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is getting much of the attention. The community is fortunate to have an anchor organization so willing to make that kind of investment. However, another billion dollars is coming into the area from a variety of investors who are bringing new office space, retail outlets and especially, residential housing to the downtown area.
When looked at in context, it truly is remarkable what is happening.
As development occurs, traffic patterns are disrupted a bit and inconveniences certainly take place. In KSL's view, though, it is a small price to pay for having a city in the midst of a growth spurt that is benefiting the entire region.