Saturday, February 02, 2008

Sugarhouse, Continued.

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As far as I can remember, Sugarhouse has always been one of the stronger economies in the Salt Lake Valley, I don't think I've ever seen a boarded up store, until this recent redevelopment. And most of the businesses that were there have successfully relocated within a couple blocks of their original place.
The center picture is a drawing of what the development is supposed to look like, the surrounding pictures are ones of the area I took a while ago. From what I understand of the development, it is going to include residential, office and retail space, and some green spaces within. I'm kind of torn about the development. On one hand, I love the historic parts of the Sugarhouse area. My house is almost 100 years old, they kept the facade of the old Irving School rahter than demolish it after the fire, and there are a lot of other old buildings and homes scattered around the area. Sugarhouse Park is the site of the original Utah State Prison and Hidden Hollow still has the remains of the foundation of the old Sugar Mill. On the other hand, it looks like it's going to be a well done development, unlike the strip malls and cookie-cutter housing developments of Sandy. It is nice having all the retail stores within walking distance, and this will only bring more. Of course, that means more traffic in an already congested area, but school hours are out of sync with rush hour, so I pretty much get to avoid that anyway. Guess we'll just have to see.....

9 comments:

jannx said...

Hello Max, Thanks for the Sugarhouse update.

A Paperback Writer said...

I remember when what's now the Barnes and Noble was the old Keith O'Brien department store. Do you recall that one? Even before it was that horrible disco or whatever?

Max said...

Any time, Jannx. As teachers, we know about having to clarify things, even when teaching other teachers.

Writer - I can't picture the old Keith O'Brien store, but I can picture the Hygiea (sp?) Ice, Redman Storage and even the orignal Harmon's Cafe that is now the Chevron there.

A Paperback Writer said...

Dad used to take me ice skating at Hygeia. I remember that very well. And Redman Moving and Storage was there (under the bizarre title of Redman Movies and Stories -- WTC was that all about, anyway?) until not all that long ago. The Harmon's isn't in my mind, so I probably never paid attention to it.

Max said...

Yeah, kind of like me and the Keith O'Brien. I can still picture the Hygeia, Redman and the Harmons.

A Paperback Writer said...

Yes, well, presumably your mother didn't drag you shopping at Keith O'Brien's, so I can understand why it hasn't stuck in your mind.

Oh, on a total digression, I've made a reference to our Alma Mater on my blog. Do drop over.

Max said...

Truth be told, my mother rarely dragged me anywhere to go shopping. She thought of shopping as a necessary evil.

A Paperback Writer said...

I would've liked your mother.
(Of course, shopping for BOOKS is completely different.)

Max said...

And my mother would have agreed with you on that. I inherited several cases of murder mysteries that she had collected over the years. Her art books, places books and history books were split between all the siblings. Nobody else wanted the murder mysteries, so since I shared her love for them, I got 'em.