Utah Voices: Does LDS Temple Square need reimagining? What would you like to see change?

Readers share their perspectives for a premier downtown Salt Lake City visitor attraction.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Temple Square in downtown Salt Lake City is pictured on Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2023.

The Salt Lake Tribune has reported about ideas a committee from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints drafted for expanding Temple Square in downtown Salt Lake City. We asked our Mormon Land newsletter subscribers: Does Temple Square need reimagining? What would you like to see change?

The answers below came from those subscribers. Share here, and subscribe to Mormon Land to share your insights.

• “Designate a building as an overnight warming facility for the unsheltered who are shivering on the streets outside Temple Square gates. Provide opportunities for visitors to spend a few minutes participating in service related to the overnight warming facility.” — Lauren, Herriman

• “No — Spend the money to help people in need instead.” — Rebecka, St. George

• “No. The (thank goodness) shelved plan made it look like a cross between Disneyland and the Vatican. Keep the focus on the temple, as the current work does.” — Jared, Oakley, California

• “A little sprucing up, but don’t turn it into a religious Disneyland that ignores the rest of downtown. No closing more streets. Instead of more parking lots, encourage visitors to take TRAX.” — JJ, Salt Lake City

• “Not reimagining but certainly consider the economic and positive impact enlarging Temple Square might produce. Come on, do we really need another brewery?” — Joseph, Springville

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