Christine Richman is an economic analyst and planner with GSBS Architects in Salt Lake City. Today Christine and I are discussing the elements of city building that need to be in place in order to create a vibrant and lively retail district.
The new Regent Street will serve as a vital connector between the City Creek development to the north and Gallivan Center to the south. Included in the project are improvements to Orpheum Avenue, connecting Regent Street to State Street, and a new mid-block pedestrian walkway connecting Regent Street directly with Main Street. With the added draw of the new performing arts center, Regent Street is slated to become a home for local business, restaurants, arts, and shopping.
In many ways Regent Street is becoming something new, a living, functioning place built upon the rich layers of its history. In order to do this, the literary arts, design arts, and fine arts will be expressed through urban design strategies, and provide all who pass by an opportunity for connecting to the culture of our city.