Plenty to be thankful for in Salt Lake

Thanksgiving is a time of year to share for what we are thankful.  Here are five things happening in the city that make me thankful to be a Salt Laker in 2014:

1. That this crane is back up and running:

The State Street Plaza project on State Street between 200 and 300 South.  Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The State Street Plaza project on State Street between 200 and 300 South. Photo by Isaac Riddle.

2. For facelifts:

The former Shilo Inn is being renovated and re-branded as a Holiday Inn.  Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The former Shilo Inn is being renovated and re-branded as a Holiday Inn Express. Photo by Isaac Riddle.

3. For complete streets and protected bike lanes:

The new protected bike lane on 300 South.  Photo by Isaac Riddle.
The new protected bike lane on 300 South. Photo by Isaac Riddle.

4. That biking culture feels like it is growing exponentially:

GREENbike station on Main Street near 100 South.  The bike-share program has doubled in size in its first year.  Photo by Isaac Riddle.
GREENbike station on Main Street near 100 South. The bike-share program has doubled in size in its first year. Photo by Isaac Riddle.

5. Renewed focus on the pedestrian experience in downtown:

Rendering of the Eccles Theater.
Rendering of the Eccles Theater.

Posted by Isaac Riddle

Isaac Riddle grew up just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. He has a BA in English literature from the University of Utah and a Masters of Journalism from Temple University. Isaac has written for Next City, The Philadelphia Public School Notebook and Salt Lake City Weekly. Before embarking on a career in journalism, Isaac taught High School English in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. Isaac is the founder of Building Salt Lake and can be reached at isaac@buildingsaltlake.com.