“We don’t want another Gateway” is the common refrain echoed by those who live, work, and play in the Granary District. Almost everyone interviewed by a group of University of Utah students over the past year concurred that the success of the district itself, as well as the value it brings to the region, relies upon protecting and enhancing its unique qualities. Instead of beginning with a “tabula rasa” — a clean (or literally, erased) slate, as Gateway did, it is essential to recognize these gems and polish them. Rather than raze what is there to start anew, we need to raise up from what already exists . . .”
In the June 2012 edition of 15 Bytes, Nan Ellin takes us to Salt Lake’s Granary District to find out why locals think the area needs to be raised rather than razed.