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George Pyle
George Pyle has been a newspaper writer in Kansas, Utah, Upstate New York, and now Utah again, for more than 30 years - most of it as an editorial writer and columnist. Now on his second tour of duty on The Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board, he has also done a stretch as a talk radio host, published a book on the ongoing flaws of U.S.agricultural policy and, in 1998, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing. His most active bookmarks are Andrew Sullivan, Christopher Hitchens and Tina Brown. And he still thinks the Internet can be used for intelligent conversation and uplifting ideas.

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(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) The final touches are put on the new City Creek development downtown as crews scrable to meet the March 22 opening deadline just over a week away. March 13, 2012.
Editorial: City Creek is a big deal ...

Rumor has it there are some new stores about to open in downtown Salt Lake City.

- City Creek Center: Long-awaited complex is thrilling - Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

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First there were debates over plans and such issues as a controversial sky bridge. Then there were scenes of a tower imploding and giant machines eating out the innards of buildings that had occupied both sides of the first block of Main Street for decades. Then came the holes dug as deep as tall buildings to make room for thousands of vehicles.

After all that, the concrete, the steel and the bricks began to rise.

The five-year gestation [photo gallery] of City Creek Center has been a very public creative process. The birthing will be complete Thursday when the massive shopping, dining and residential complex opens its doors to the public.

Those of us who live, work or visit downtown have watched each construction phase with interest. ...

... The late LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley foresaw City Creek Center as the centerpiece of an aesthetic and economic renaissance in the heart of the capital city and adjacent to the headquarters of the worldwide church. He understood the importance of bringing renewed vitality to the city with a 21st century generation of downtown residents. ...

- The Gateway will be fine - Lane Beattie & Jason Mathis, for The Salt Lake Tribune

This week marks an important Downtown Rising milestone with the opening of City Creek Center. The Salt Lake Chamber and Downtown Alliance applaud the optimism that this project embodies and we are grateful for the investment it represents.

Much will be written about City Creek this week, and it is just one chapter of a much broader story about downtown. We are equally excited about the strength and momentum of other downtown retailer centers on Main Street, Broadway and The Gateway. ...

- City Creek Center - Deseret News Editorial

... Best of all, the project used no tax dollars, yet it promises to provide huge tax benefits as it attracts visitors and new residents to the city's urban core. That, in turn, will lend a vibrant air to downtown that has been missing in recent years. Its construction helped building trades weather hard economic times, and its opening will, we hope, catch the wave of an economic rebound and build excitement for all that Utah's capital city has to offer. Built by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which owns this newspaper, it will complement the church's Temple Square, which is the state's most popular tourist attraction. ...

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