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Professor suggests building on top of downtown parking lots

Professor suggests building on top of downtown parking lots

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Parking lots downtown could have an ambitious future.

Salt Lake City is facing a dilemma. The metropolitan area is expected to double in population by 2040. One estimate has one-third of all new residents wanting to live within a short distance of work and shopping. So what to do with all those new people?

University of Utah professor Arthur C. Nelson is telling the Salt Lake City Council to take the parking lots downtown and build on top of them.

He says it could make room for 60,000 people, and the landscape wouldn't change. Plus, the new buildings would be accessible to TRAX.


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