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Old Posted Oct 15, 2009, 1:44 PM
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this is one of the larger cities in utah I have not been to..
But judging by the pictures you have posted it looks like a beautiful valley and city. Perhaps a detour next time I'm headed to slc is in order...
Very comparable in size to Idaho Falls...city size and metro. It's a pretty place with a historic downtown core. Though not a whole lot in the way of big-buildings...yet. If you're into football you could always come down this year to watch BSU do its yearly dismantling of the Aggies I've always noticed many from Boise (and I mean MANY) make the trip to Logan for the games - they always seem to go to the local restaurants and what not while here, and seem to be really cool folk - then again they usually have reason to be in such a good mood.
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I'm curious now... it looks like a very beautiful place.. like a little salt lake valley but without the stinky lake and hustle and bustle...will definetely have to check it out... having a university in a place like that is quite cool as well...
Sort of. No stinky lakes, though there are quite a few nice lakes nearby (Hyrum Lake, a couple right after the Idaho border (twink lakes?), Bear Lake, a bunch in the canyons)

The downtown / main street is kind of hustle and bustle, especially with cars, like all day long, but at the same time it seems you can drive a mile or two away and be totally isolated as well.
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Very comparable in size to Idaho Falls...city size and metro. It's a pretty place with a historic downtown core. Though not a whole lot in the way of big-buildings...yet. If you're into football you could always come down this year to watch BSU do its yearly dismantling of the Aggies I've always noticed many from Boise (and I mean MANY) make the trip to Logan for the games - they always seem to go to the local restaurants and what not while here, and seem to be really cool folk - then again they usually have reason to be in such a good mood.
It's a quick trip for BSU fans and the camaraderie with USU fans is really good. But, right now BSU is handing out 'moral' victories like candy, so this game could be closer than most of us would like...
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Iron Gate Grill OK for new location

By Jay Patrick
Published: Tuesday, October 20, 2009 12:37 PM CDT

http://hjnews.townnews.com/articles/...2-10-20-09.txt

A change in the way state alcohol regulators measure distance in downtown Logan means the new Iron Gate Grill should have no problem getting a liquor license.

The north edge of the Logan Tabernacle grounds is 448 feet from the door of the new Iron Gate location on Church Street. That’s if you walk right across 100 North and not use the crosswalk at Main Street.

Being within 600 feet of church property, Iron Gate needed permission from the LDS Church to serve alcohol, according to state law. The church refused to provide that waiver despite in the past having OK’d other liquor-serving businesses nearby.

State law says the distance measured should represent the “shortest route of ordinary pedestrian travel.” The DABC analyst who made the 448-feet determination observed pedestrians and decided that most going from Church Street to the Tabernacle grounds jay-walked across 100 North, making that the route of ordinary travel.

Now, DABC Director Dennis Kellen has ruled that his agency should follow legal crosswalks when measuring distances, at least in metro areas, said agency spokeswoman Sharon Mackey.

Measuring the distance between the Iron Gate and the Tabernacle grounds via the crosswalk at Main Street and 100 North puts 702 feet between the locations — that distance puts the church out of the picture, Mackey said.

The phrase “ordinary pedestrian travel,” is open to interpretation, Mackey said. Kellen made the call that ordinary travel should not allow for jay-walking. Mackey said it’s the first time the director has clarified the law.

“Before we didn’t have a clear designation of what to use,” Mackey said. “It’s a precedence.”

“I think it’s a win,” said Mayor Randy Watts. “We need businesses that will enhance downtown and bring vitality. I think the Iron Gate is one of those.”

The city has given the Iron Gate redevelopment funds as part of it’s effort to revitalize downtown.

The Iron Gate’s license hearing before the DABC board is set for Oct. 27.

Iron Gate owner Shalice Condi could not be reached for comment.
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A little Cache Valley Fall

Here's a look at some fall color this year in Cache Valley and Logan:
















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beautiful... its on my list....road trip worthy!
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beautiful... its on my list....road trip worthy!
Sweet! And if you're trippin' on acid (or some other hallucinogen) then it will actually look like the last pic
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Sweet! And if you're trippin' on acid (or some other hallucinogen) then it will actually look like the last pic
I'll be sure to leave the acid at home...
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Smithfield development

Smithfield housing project would accommodate 800
By Jay Patrick
Published:Tuesday, November 24, 2009 3:03 AM CST

"What would be among the biggest housing projects ever in Cache County is slated for Smithfield.

Logan-based North Ridge Development is looking to build 173 town homes on 100 East, between 600 and 800 South. The project, dubbed Stone Haven, is planned to cover 22 acres that’s now farmland.

The homes will accommodate around 800 people, said developer Ryan Rogers. That’s nearly 10 percent of Smithfield’s current population.

North Ridge officials hope to start building in January and have some units ready by fall. Rogers said the whole project should take four or five years to finish."

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Logan named as most walkable community of Utah:

Source: The Monday Report

Walkability Scores by City

Rank City Walk Score
1 Logan 95
2 Moab 94
3 Orem 92
4 Holladay 92
5 American Fork 86
6 Riverton 86
7 Park City 85
8 Tooele City 83
9 Price 83
10 Downtown Salt Lake City 82
11 South Jordan 82
12 Murray 80
13 Draper 80
14 Spanish Fork 80
15 South Salt Lake 78
16 Bountiful 78
17 Sandy 75
18 Layton 75
19 Riverdale 75
20 Brigham 75
21 Vernal 74
22 Ogden 71
23 Midvale 71
24 Centerville 71
25 Springville 71
26 West Valley City 68
27 Provo 68
28 Lehi 63
29 Millcreek 57
30 Taylorsville 54
31 Cedar City 49
32 West Jordan 46
33 Nephi 46
34 Lindon 45
35 Springdale 40
36 Farmington 38
37 St George 35
38 Pleasant Grove 23
39 Cottonwood Heights 17
40 Kanab 15
41 Heber 8
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Ok.. that list is a little funny. Orem? American Fork? Walkable? LOL!
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That's a bizarre list. How did they determine the rankings?
I've lived in both Price (#9) and Heber (#41) and the only difference between the two is Heber city doesn't have sidewalks in the older neighborhoods.
And yeah, the fact that Orem is ranked third negates the entire thing.
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I'm not sure the exact criteria. Bonneville Research created the list and does many of them. They're located in Salt Lake

http://www.bonnevilleresearch.com/monday-report

The site with the rankings mentions:

What makes a neighborhood walkable?

* A center: Walkable neighborhoods have a discernable center, whether it's a shopping district, a main street, or a public space.

* Density: The neighborhood is compact enough for local businesses to flourish and for public transportation to run frequently.

* Mixed income, mixed use: Housing is provided for everyone who works in the neighborhood: young and old, singles and families, rich and poor. Businesses and residences are located near each other.

* Parks and public space: There are plenty of public places to gather and play.

* Pedestrian-centric design: Buildings are placed close to the street to cater to foot traffic, with parking lots relegated to the back.

* Nearby schools and workplaces: Schools and workplaces are close enough that most residents can walk from their homes.

Streets Designed for Everyone

* Complete Streets are roads are designed for everyone who uses them, including bicyclists, pedestrians of all ages and abilities, and people getting on and off transit vehicles. These streets are: Accessible: There are wheelchair ramps, plenty of benches with shade, sidewalks on all streets, etc.

* Well-connected: Streets form a connected grid that improves traffic by providing many routes to any destination.

* Built for the right speed: Lanes are narrow or traffic calming is in place to control speed.

* Comfortable: Pedestrian medians at intersections, count-down crosswalk timers, bicycle lanes, protected bus shelters, etc. make the street work better for those outside of a car.
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Supposedly this will be a 5 story complex downtown with around 200 units. The current Center that is planned to be replaced is just a 1 story building with a large setback for parking. and no residential. I have yet to see any renderings, and am anxious to see what it may look like.


Planning commission approves senior center design
By Jennie Christensen

Story Created: Nov 13, 2009 at 9:54 AM MST

http://www.cachevalleydaily.com/news.../69976532.html

Members of the Logan Planning Commission Thursday night approved a design review and conditional use permit for Rick Plewe & Associates. The organization is proposing to tear down the existing Cache County Senior Center and build a new one surrounded by approximately 200 apartments.

People spoke out both for and against the proposed project at the public hearing. If eventually approved, the project would be built on county-owned land.

Senior Center Director, Kristine Johnson, says most of the people who come to the Center on a regular basis want to stay where they are and upgrade the existing building. Johnson says the seniors prefer a stand-alone facility and fear the proposed project could result in the 'haves and have-nots' sharing the facility.

Representatives of some local retirement and assisted living centers also complain that there's no need for such a project because the existing centers are far from being filled.
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5 story unit instead of a car-dependent 1 story suburban unit is good news! It will allow those who are able to walk to places including the temple with less car help. I bet many of them feel so isolated in the traditional suburban style senior centers.

Also, it will increase density near downtown.
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You're right - you must know the area a little? In one article, the design group mentioned the senior center would be on the ground floor, with 4 floors on top of it, while this recent article mentioned the units would surround it. So I'm interested to see which it is, and how the parking will look.
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Can downtown Logan turn the corner?


(The Herald Journal)

By Jay Patrick

Published: Sunday, January 10, 2010 2:35 AM CST

Logan’s downtown is doing pretty good, but it could be doing better, according to people concerned with its health.

Theaters, ample parking, high vehicle traffic, several popular restaurants, home of Cache County and Logan city governments — the city’s core has a lot going for it and is certainly in better shape than the downtowns of hundreds of American cities that first malls and then big-box stores all but made irrelevant.

Improving Logan’s center is by no means being approached as one of those monumental reclamation jobs, but the city has hired consultants to gather information and build a plan for making it better.

They were in town last week interviewing residents and business owners.

“It’s intended to lay out a plan of action that helps us to strengthen and maintain the viability of downtown,” said Logan Community Development Director Jay Nielson.

The project has been in the works for four years but is now really getting rolling with the arrival of the consultants.

According to the city request for proposal (RFP), the consultants are charged with analyzing downtown’s market position, the mix of businesses, options for preserving historic buildings, business retention and expansion, parking needs and the housing market. Community Development Block Grants, funds made available through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban

Development (HUD), are paying for the $140,000 study.

Nielson said Logan is lucky its downtown has fared well but that the city’s got to stay ahead, so things never do go bad, like they once did in Ogden.

“We cannot allow our downtown to deteriorate,” Nielson said.

“The aim is to make downtown the hip and fun place it should be,” said Joe Needham, a former Municipal

Councilman, a current leader of the Downtown Alliance and part of the family that’s run a jewelry store downtown for 114 years.

Needham sees many plusses for sure but notes retail activity is slumping a bit. The evidence: lots of ground-floor professional offices. Shops should be there instead, Needham said.

Fewer offices, increased foot traffic, a more active night life, improvement of aging facades and dilapidated buildings and more people living downtown — those are things Needham said needs to happen. Downtown should be a place to live, work and play, he argued. Right now there are about 150 apartments in the area.

Also, “we’d like to be the entertainment center,” Needham said; the old theaters are great, but a Cineplex would really juice things up. More restaurants would also be good, he said.

The coming of the Iron Gate Grill to Church Street is a big score, Needham said. The Iron Gate received redevelopment grant money from the city to help pay for the changes needed for Iron Gate to operate in an old building.

“We could be doing a lot better,” said Mark Fjeldsted, part of the family that owns the Sportsman, a clothing and equipment store in business since 1947. A few more business are needed, he said — one-of-kind stuff and stuff that gets people down there at night.

“Our goal is to be different and unique in every aspect,” Fjeldsted said, referring to big-box outlets. “You can’t compete with the big-boxes so why try? You have to go in the completely opposite direction,” he said.

Like others, Fjeldsted too said Logan’s downtown isn’t doing bad.

“I actually think we’re in pretty good shape compared to others,” despite having big Walmarts at either end of the city, he said.

Downtown Logan has historically rebounded well from economic downturns and from shifts in retail development, Needham said. As a result, the area has evolved, unlike downtown Idaho Falls that looks frozen in the 1970s, he said.

Without a vital downtown, a town loses something, Needham said; an identity, its soul.

“Downtown is the heart,” he said.

To learn more about the city’s downtown plan, go to www.loganutah.org and click on the community development link, or call the Community Development Department at 716-9021

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A little Cache Valley Q4 update: Not too much going on...

New education building on the USU campus:



This is the USTAR / Research building going up on Innovation Campus (A mixed-use tech / research park about 10 blocks from downtown Logan)

More glassy then the renderings, which I like


From a distance
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Olympic gold medalist opens gym in Logan



February 2nd, 2010 @ 6:33pm

By Alex Cabrero


LOGAN -- He survived a plane crash into Lake Powell, a motorcycle crash, even 18 hours in the snow where he lost a toe to frostbite.

Now, Olympic gold medalist and wrestler Rulon Gardner may have his toughest challenge yet.

Rulon Gardner's Elite Training Center in Logan had its grand opening a few weeks ago.

It has been in the works for six years, but Gardner says he never gave up hope of seeing his dream of owning a gym come true.

...http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=9553789


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Logan unemployment rate among best

Published: Wednesday, February 3, 2010 2:46 AM CST

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Herald Journal staff report


Logan is one of 10 of 372 total metropolitan areas in the U.S. that recorded an employment rate below 5 percent in December.

Utah’s average unemployment rate in December registered at 6.4 percent, up 0.3 percentage points from the month before. The national jobless rate in December was 9.7 percent. A year ago at that time, the rate was 7.1 percent.

Figures in the monthly metropolitan reports issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which is under the U.S. Department of Labor, are not seasonally adjusted.

Of Utah’s five metropolitan areas, Logan has the lowest unemployment figures. All five areas saw increases from November to December.

In December, the Salt Lake City area reported 6.2 percent jobless, the Ogden-Clearfield area listed a 6.6 percent rate and the Provo-Orem area registered 6 percent unemployment. St. George, which has reported the highest rate in recent years, listed 8.6 percent jobless.

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