Mayor Criticized Over Main Street Revitalization Moves

Mayor Criticized Over Main Street Revitalization Moves

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Now that Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson say he won't oppose Nordstrom's plan to move away from Main Street, some on the City Council question his commitment to revitalizing downtown.

Councilman Carlton Christensen says he's surprised by the mayor's change of position. He says its going to be hard to get people to invest in Main Street if the mayor lets big stores walk away.

But the mayor says he'd rather have Nordstom move to the Gateway mall -- rather than lose the store altogether. His support for keeping Nordstrom on Main Street was based on a package of promised upgrades to Crossroads mall. But he says those plans lacked substance. And now the Mormon church has purchased the mall.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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