Tear Down This Wall

4800 N EDGEMONT FIRE #2-14

Since the fire last week many of you have asked me why the city has not torn down the blighted buildings on the corner of 4800 N and University Ave.

No one would like to see the homes gone more than I but as my teenage son used to say to every question, “dad, it’s complicated.”

For very good reasons the government doesn’t have the ability to tear down a home at will just because it is ugly and even if it seems dangerous.

Just before the down turn in the economy, a developer bought up the homes and received permission to build a development on the corner. The economy turned and he lost the homes to a number of different banks. Because almost every home was turned over to a different bank it has made it difficult for anyone else to buy them for a project. Likewise, it has made it very difficult for the city to enforce zoning violations.

The fires at the location have emphasized the dangers and have helped pave the way to speed up the process of getting them torn down. I’m pleased to share that the owner of the majority of the homes will begin the process immediately of having them torn down. To do this he must first secure a permit, remove the asbestos and line up a contractor. The city will also speed up the process to have the other units torn down.

I know this has been frustrating to the neighborhood and I’m grateful for their patience, as we have worked through the legal process.

Provo Spring Festival + Giveaway

Provo Spring Festival

You are going to want to mark your calendar! Spring Festival is coming to Provo on Saturday, April 19. Provo’s Spring Fest will give you a chance to see, hear, taste, and feel the excitement springing to life all around us. Events will be held at multiple locations throughout the city including: live bands, local artists, food trucks, movie in the park, Easter Bunny, Easter Egg Hunt, and much more!

Adults can enjoy Spring Festival’s yoga, cyclo-cross, bubble ball soccer, lawn mower races, and live bands. While kids (and the young at heart) at Spring Festival will love to cuddle with puppies, ride ponies, meet the Easter Bunny, and dance around the Maypole. Keep reading for about more activities below.

EASTER BUNNY HOTSPOTS
9:00AM-2:00PM

The Easter Bunny will be available for photos around town and will be giving out eggs and candy wherever he goes. Catch him at one location or at all four! Come dressed as an Easter Bunny to get an extra egg. After visiting with the Easter Bunny, be sure to try your hand at our Easter Games.

9:00 am – Provo Rec Center
10:00 am –  Provo Library
11:00 am - The Peaks Ice Arena
1:00 pm –  Google Fiber Customer Service Center (250 W CENTER ST)

EASTER EGG HUNT
BYU FIELDS
12:00PM

Join thousands of others at BYU’s third annual, Easter Egg Hunt. Search for prizes, eggs, and candy at Provo’s finest sports complex. The egg hunt is open to children ages 10 and under.

The egg hunt will begin at exactly 12:00 pm. Check out the baseball game afterwards!

Provo Spring Fest

OUTDOOR FESTIVAL
ROCK CANYON PARK
6:00 PM

  • Listen to local folk and indie bands: Westward The TideCoin in the Sea, and Kitfox, see local artists and photography, participate in creating a community mural
  • Dine with other locals from your favorite Utah Valley food trucks, taste new drinks, desserts, and dinner
  • Try out dozens of activities including sunset yoga, giant bowling, zorb soccer, and our springtime maze
  • Meet local farmers and their animals, then visit the mascot village with characters from all over the valley
  • Lay down and enjoy a showing of Frozen on our 25 foot blow up screen
  • Visit booths to learn about local hiking, sailing, biking, and gardening
  • Come dressed as an Easter Bunny to be entered into a prize drawing
  • Check out more information on Provo’s Event Page here »

Spring Festival Giveaway

The Provo Recreation Center is giving away Free Day Passes! Enter the giveaway by commenting on the picture posted on Provo Recreation’s Facebook. Tell us what is your favorite park or outdoor spot in Provo.  Find the picture here »

The winner will be announced at the Outdoor Festival at Rock Canyon Park.

It’s Tough Being a Politician

Last week I was asked to MC the Utah County Republican Women’s Fundraiser. Guests were treated to political speeches and the music of Alex Boye. I’ll let your imagination run with guesses which they liked best. Alex Boye is an incredible performer. He even talked Senator Hatch into a Gangnam style dance. (Inspired by his dance with Mitt Romney – see video below.) I pulled out my best political jokes for the occasion…. and I am in need of some more since I used them all up. If you have some good ones, please share your joke with me by leaving …

Pioneer Benefit Concert & Ball

The Pioneer Village 1st Annual Concert and Ball will be held on Friday, May 2 at 7:00 pm at the Provo Recreation Center. Come celebrate your Pioneer heritage at a fundraiser for the relocation and renovation of the James Loveless Adobe Home. The benefit will feature live entertainment from: Musician & storyteller extraordinaire, Clive Romney Trio Pioneer band, Willingly World Class Vintage Dance & Instructor, Kimberly Grant Old Glory Vintage Dancers *Come dressed in your Pioneer clothes or Sunday best. (I will be there dressed in Pioneer clothing.) BUY TICKETS Tickets to the benefit are: $35/Couples, $20/Per Person, & $15/Youth …

Provo on Instagram

Every Saturday I am sharing pictures of Provo that I find on Instagram. You can check out last week’s photos here. If you would like to be featured, use the hashtag #Provo when posting your picture. I am also on Instagram and you can follow me at @ProvoMayor.

A Shake of My Hand

I had never heard of the Cotopaxi Questival until a couple of days ago. That changed quickly and I’m now hearing about it everywhere I turn. Cotopaxi Questival is a 24-hour outdoor adventure where teams compete to win an international humanitarian trip. One of the requirements is that the participants find a mayor and shake his hand while taking a picture. How can I say no? It started with a trickle of requests and now it’s a fire hose. In order to accommodate as many of you as I can I’ve picked two locations and two times for anyone that …

Provo Fire Pics

It’s never good to get a call from anyone in the Fire Department in the middle of the night. This morning about 3:00 a fire was reported in the duplexes south of the Riverwoods Mall. All the major media outlets covered the event but the pictures below might tell the best story of all – Thanks to Regan Sinclair for the photos.

BYU: Powerhouse Entrepreneurship Program

Brigham Young University has been ranked one of the top 15 colleges in the nation for having a Powerhouse Entrepreneurship Program! Mashable analyzed graduate and undergraduate rankings and syllabi to find the top universities in the United States for entrepreneurship. They ranked schools based on their faculty, course offerings, teaching principles and extracurriculars, and also on how many businesses they’ve helped launch and how many of those companies are still around. This ranking confirms that some of the nation’s top entrepreneurs come from Provo, Utah! For more information and to see what other schools made the list, check out the article here …

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day

On Saturday, April 12 residents of Utah County can dispose of old or unused household chemicals from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm at the Provo Towne Centre Mall west parking lot. Take a look at the following lists to see what to bring and what not to bring. What to bring Gasoline/Fuels Antifreeze Solvents/Thinners All-purpose cleaners Aerosol cans Pesticides/Herbicides Glues/Adhesives Fluorescent light bulbs Mercury thermometers Photographic chemicals Mercury thermometers Smoke detectors Paints/Stains Motor Oil/Lubricants Batteries Medications Electronics (e-waste) 2 sets per vehicle What not to bring Containers over 5 gallons Ammunition Explosives Compressed gas tanks/ propane tanks Asbestos materials Radioactive …

Why Do We Send a Fire Truck With Each Ambulance Call? Again

In my office we love to follow and analyze blog stats. Each posts is analyzed to see how many people found it of interest. Several years ago I did a post titled “Why Do We Send a Fire Truck With Each Ambulance Call?” It had a decent amount of views but what we find surprising is that time and time again it shows up as a post that is read by people almost every week. From this I can only surmise that it’s a question that many people have and would like answered. With that in mind I repost it here …