by Molly Robinson

The Downtown Story Project relaunches today April 1, 2013.

Main Street, 1947 Used by permission, Utah State Historical Society, all rights reserved

Main Street, 1947
Used by permission, Utah State Historical Society, all rights reserved


We will use story in the Downtown Master Plan process as a tool to help identify what you value about the Downtown. In this way, the stories will establish the framework for the Master Plan. More than oral histories, stories can explore the past, navigate the present, and guide future change.

The memories or stories of many people can contribute to a collective story of past experience. Events, individual experiences, and activities described in each story help define the Downtown and our sense of belonging. We are trying to build a collective story to understand how people identify Downtown Salt Lake as a unique place with its own rhythm and distinctive qualities.

Utah Latino Immigration March, April 2006
Invisible No More: Latinos’ Dignity March in Utah, Weber State University

Do you have a picture of an event, family member, or place in the Downtown? For your story, you could describe the photograph: When was it taken? Who’s in the photo? What are they doing? Where was the photo taken? What is special about the photo?

River of Words, Gallivan Center

River of Words, Gallivan Center

Do you work Downtown? For your story, you could tell us about your commute, your favorite lunch spot, the building where you work, or the day you brought your son or daughter to work and how that was meaningful to you.

South Temple

South Temple

Do you live Downtown? For your story, you could describe why you chose to live Downtown, the history of your apartment building or house, the funny neighbor who lives next door, or what happened during the last snowstorm.

Will you share your story with us?

Watch our video with sample stories.

Do any of these stories spark a story idea?

You can sign-up to record your story with SLC-TV on April 17th at the City & County Building. Requests to sign-up must be received by April 15th. Email downtownplanslc@slcgov.com for an appointment. Self-generated stories (via YouTube) are also accepted. See the Story Project page for more information.