Thursday, February 16, 2006

Mayor Rocky Anderson

Mayor Rocky Anderson first ran promising to revitalize Main Street. Two terms later, things are worse than they were and the Mayor never talks about it anymore except to periodically kick the Church development in the shins in a weak attempt to feel he is still relevant. Only two things have held his interest as Mayor: 1. The Olympics because it gave him a chance to rub shoulders with important people and travel the world basking in the light of other people's work and looking busy. 2. His environmental initiative: Perhaps because it's his only success since he started, he's been tricking his plan out all over the globe, sending award applications to organizations spanning the four corners of the world. His groupies love to tout the exposure the city gets, but the awards are simply a cheap way to stretch a month's worth of work into a two term legacy. As if the number of trophies would help us forget that he's wasted our time.


Blogger Utah Conservative said...

Yesterday's snow storm showed us Rocky's true legacy; holding up the much needed Legacy Highway!

2/16/2006 05:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What have you and your circlejerk republican buddies on the hill done to revitalize mainstreet?

oh, right. You had lunch at the peruvian once in 03.

2/16/2006 07:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To anon above-
Why would it be the fault of those on the hill???? It is a city issue not a state issue. Unless city government makes an effort to fix the problem, you can pretty much guarentee it will stay a problem.


2/16/2006 07:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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2/17/2006 06:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Logan said...


Have you seen how much money the church is about to dump into main street?

2/17/2006 09:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Notes from a true democrat

What can I say about Rocky…he’s smart...but just because you are in a room full of PhD’s and attorney’s doesn’t mean there aren’t a few idiots in the bunch.

He is a fierce advocate…if I had legal problems; I’d hire him as my attorney.

That said, he is an embarrassment to city he serves as mayor.

A true leader will unite factions, Rocky has divided us. I never had seen anyone bow to the wishes of the liberal wing of the democrat party like Rocky. Our fair city’s relations with the legislature are damaged for the foreseeable future. Rocky’s attempt at diversity and social humanism has failed; alienating us from other cities in the state.

What does he have against Utah?

What does he have against those of us who are LDS?

Rocky will soon be gone, he has alienated democrats with his endorsements of Mitt Romney and will probably find a home overseas with some obscure NGO.

He failed at development downtown.

Leave to the LDS church to salvage Utah’s democratic stronghold.

2/17/2006 01:17:00 PM  
Blogger Shawn said...

As tempting as it is to lay the current state of Downtown at the feet of the sitting Mayor, the Downtown issue is more attributable to things demographic and things economic. As for the Mayor's hand in things, you've got to consider that Downtown was not exactly booming in 1998 or ten years previous. The real issues, which unfortunately cannot be resolved in an election cycle, are growth in suburbs that used to be exurbs and that Utah-sized families are not apt to living in a noisy, two-bedroom flat. As the Salt Lake Valley and the Utah Valley continue on their way to morph into each other, the economics of geography will inevitably lead to a shift in the location of jobs, shopping (IKEA!), housing, and institutional facilities. Yes, there are ways to mitigate this, and, in the case of Canadian cities and Portland, Oregon, ways to eliminate it altogether, but the fact of the matter is that in this state growth is occurring where the land is and there's nothing a 70-square-mile municipality 15 miles away can do about it. Over the hill in Denver, however, we are seeing a booming downtown coinciding with suburbs hell-bent on reaching Kansas City. But Denver has two things that SLC considerably lacks: transplants and childless professionals. Although there is a trickle of transplants and a handful of hipsters here, it's nothing compared to what you'll find in states like Arizona or Colorado. Salt Lake is growing, but Denver and Phoenix are exploding.

It is possible to see a silver lining (except during inversions) for Downtown, as it is currently experiencing a small revitalization. We just have to accept the fact that it's not gonna turn itself around at the breakneck speed that corresponds to mega-growth cities. The transplants and the yuppies will come, but alot of other things - slow, slow things that I'll reserve comment on - will likely have to come first.

2/17/2006 01:36:00 PM  

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