Mayoral Candidates React to LDS Church's Downtown Vision

Mayoral Candidates React to LDS Church's Downtown Vision

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Susan Wood ReportingThe two men running for Salt Lake City mayor are excited about the new downtown plan; both agree it's good for everyone. The role Salt Lake City will have in the planning process could turn out to be a political issue in the Mayor's race.

Mayor Rocky Anderson says he's thrilled about the plans, saying it's the best thing that's happened to the area in years.

Mayor Rocky Anderson, Salt Lake City: "People have been talking about it like it’s a bad problem. This is a wonderful problem to have. We're going to see first-rate mixed development on these two blocks--ZCMI and Crossroads-- and we're gonna see some great things going west of there."

Meanwhile, Frank Pignanelli is also excited, but says the city should be more active in the planning process.

Rep. Frank Pignanelli, Mayoral Candidate: "The city has got to take the lead. I think it’s great the Church is doing this but we can no longer be on the sidelines. We need to be a player in a partnership, not just with the Church but other businesses and with the state government and with the county. Salt Lake City, if it’s going to succeed, we have to be leading out."

Pignanelli says we need to get more people downtown and this should add a new dynamic.

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