Originally Posted by Yume-sama
Salt Lake isn't the most "happening" place. Certainly not very big, and definitely not very exciting. Looks quite massively spread out, too.
I think about 6 building wraps would have covered the whole city!
A search for "Salt Lake City skyline" returns almost no results
I'm sorry, but you obviously don't know anything about Salt Lake, let alone Utah. Let me share some light on this subject. Salt Lake City is currently undergoing construction of the 22 acre City Creek Center. This is the third largest project in the nation, behind the World Trade Center reconstruction in New York and City Center in Las Vegas. Multiple high rises are going up right now as part of the City Creek Center and other areas in the downtown district.
Also, in response to your comment that Salt Lake is "not very exciting", the city's NBA team is the sixth most attended in the Nation. The MLS team, Real Salt Lake, took the cup and topped first in the Country just this last year. Salt Lake is home to the University of Utah which places 80th in the list of best universities around the world. The University also participates in the Nation's fourth largest football rivalry with nearby Brigham Young University. Both teams rank among the best in the country, going to bowl games each year and taking the national title in the past with Heisman winner, Ty Detmer. Temple Square, the center of the LDS church, attracts millions of tourists each year and is among the top 10 religious tourist destinations in the world.
Just 20 minutes away from Salt Lake, you have Park City - home the #1 ski resort in North America, Deer Valley, which beats out well known Vail and good old Whistler. It is also home to the Sundance Film Festival which attracts thousands of movie-goers annually and happens to snag a few celebrities here and there, including Orlando Bloom and Katie Holmes. The festival has produced movies that you might know such as Paranormal Activity, Slumdog Millionaire, Precious, 500 Days of Summer, and Napoleon Dynamite. Sundance 2010 was just last week.
Salt Lake has also hosted the Summer and Winter Dew Tour the past few years and both keep coming back due to the high attendance and popularity that they receive while here in the City.
When the Olympics were in Salt Lake, it was the largest city ever to host the Winter Olympiad. Just because Vancouver may have a couple more skyscrapers and a larger metro area doesn't mean it's a more happening place. And it definitely does not mean that Salt Lake City "isn't very exciting".
Also, the Olympics in Salt Lake were a HUGE success. Hopefully Vancouver will follow some of it's wise decisions and do the same.
Oh, and PS, I googled Salt Lake Skyline. Got plenty of results. Also, I don't even live near the city, I'm just not part of the cliche majority of the world that doesn't look at the stereotype of Utah. When you actually get to know the place, it's quite awesome. I suggest you do the same.