Guest Post: One Billion on Renovating Downtown Salt Lake?
(Exponent Blog recently received an email from “One Old Lady From Santa Fe” who has some concerns about the vast amount of money the Church will be using to revitalizing downtown S.L.C. To read about these plans, go to The Salt Lake Tribune or Deseret News. Here follows some of her frank and honest concerns about the proposed project.)
I read these articles and am embarrassed and angry that my church has now changed from the traditional Christian focus to spend 1 billion dollars to make the malls and buildings in downtown Salt Lake more appealing. There will be more trees and a recreated City Creek to add to the ambiance. The mayor and many merchants are excited that the church is paying for the major revitalization of the fading ZCMI mall. I am aghast that the church feels the need to make a more attractive building for Nordstrom’s and Macy’s. I have a very hard time thinking that my church should be a landlord, real estate broker and doing the popular political thing for the merchants of downtown Salt Lake. The elaborate plans include condos. I am positive they are not going to be for the homeless and poor, but wealthy Salt Lakers wanting to live downtown.
I have long believed that the Church planned on returning to Jackson County and Adam-Ondi-Ahman. Evidently not. I am having a very difficult time justifying my worldwide church spending this massive sum of money on worldly goods. Why am I not reading about building homes for those displaced by last year’s hurricanes and tsunami or a massive immunization for the children of a third world country?
I am very interested in how other Mormons view these articles and the way the Church is spending 1 billion dollars. Please share your feelings.