What’s it like living in Salt Lake City, specifically downtown?
Current downtown resident here. Keep in mind that everything is relative, so when you see people claim the homeless problem is overwhelming, where are you coming from? It’s not as bad as the PNW, but it is worse than the cities/suburbs most of the people on this sub live in.
Downtown has some cool spots and good bars/restaurants (with more on the way), but it was starting to get a true “feel” to it before covid hit. You would see full trax trains, pedestrians walking Main St and theatre crowds mixing in. That has come back a little bit, but there’s still very few people coming downtown for work.
Downtown is expected to triple its residents in the next 5-7 years with developments currently planned or under construction, so you’d be moving to a neighborhood in transition.
What else? The downtown area is in a “free fare zone,” so buses and trains are free until you pass certain stops. Our blocks are way too big and the streets are very wide, so it’s difficult to get the communal feel comparable sized cities have for a downtown entertainment district.
Overall I would recommend it, I love living here and I’d be happy to answer any further questions if you have any.
And it snows, but that’s actually a good question, because it is now fairly rare for it to stick very long with climate change and being a lower elevation than the nearby benches.