I’ve heard for many years about the Smith’s Grocery Store that almost was.
This March marks the 15th anniversary of the city’s rejection of a Smith’s on West Center Street. The move by Provo City seems to come up everywhere I go. In fact a group recently started a Facebook page to lament the loss.
The Smith’s debate boiled down to two issues, “A new shopping center would spoil the remaining country charm or provide needed services to the city’s rapidly growing west side.” This quote came from a February 17th 1991 Deseret News Story.
The West Side was represented by Councilwomen Shari Holweg who fought against the Smith’s. Her explanation according to the February 17th Deseret News story: “Good grief. We’re progressed to death. We’ve got to live with progress every silly day,”
Four Weeks later Holweg was again in the Deseret News. She made the news because the council voted to limit her speech against the Smith’s to no more than 10 minutes. This time she was quoted as saying, “A little bit of hometown heaven-on-earth will be gone and it will usher in with it a west Provo that is as boring and busy and dangerous as every other over-sprawled area along the Wasatch Front.”
Leave me a comment and let me know what you think. Did we miss a good opportunity or was it a good move to protect the Westside?
The Justice Court will be closed from March 10 – 21, 2014 while they relocate to 75 East 1700 South. During that time clerks will be available at the Customer Service located in the City Center (351 West Center) to handle payment of parking and traffic tickets. The Justice Court plans to open its doors at their new location on March 24, 2014.
The new location provides adequate parking and directional signs going both directions on University Avenue and on East Bay Blvd. The hours of operation are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday.
If you have questions regarding the court or its new location, please call 801-852-6878. Both parking and traffic tickets can be paid online at: http://j.mp/PayCourtFees
Check out this Infographic from SpareFoot where they highlight eight up-and-coming tech hubs. And guess what? Provo made the list! Courtesy of: SpareFoot
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.
Baseball season brings back some tough memories for me. Let’s just say I was usually the last picked for the team and once picked I was quickly assigned to right field. It was felt that fewer balls went to right field so that’s where I could do the least damage. Never-the-less I do have some great memories of those days. The day I knocked the ball over everyone’s head and ran in for a home run and the day I backed up as fast as I could and jumped at the last second to catch the ball almost over the …
Recently while we were on Pinterest searching images of Provo we came across a picture of wooden sunglasses called the “Provo”. We immediately thought how cool it was that a company would name one of their products after a city. We wanted to hear their story and learn more about their wooden sunglasses. So we reached out to them and asked, why Provo? This is what we found out- Proof Eyewear was founded in 2010 by three brothers – Brooks, Tanner, and Taylor Dame from Idaho. The brother that came up with the idea of wooden sunglasses, Brooks, was able …
The Peaks Ice Arena is hosting Utah’s High School Hockey All-Star Games this Saturday. Come check out the free games! The girls All-Stars will be playing at 5:30 pm and the boys will be playing a North Division v. South Division game at 7:30 pm. There will be intermission activities – giveaways, trick shot competition and a mini mite game.
It looks like we have a 2nd Provo resident on The Voice this season! Last night, Timpview grad and pop vocalist Tanner James auditioned and was able to secure a spot on team Usher. That is the same team as Madilyn Paige! Tanner impressed Usher after singing just two notes from “Heaven” by Bryan Adams. Usher even said that he thinks Tanner is a “diamond in the rough”. I am looking forward to watching Tanner perform in the battle rounds. Good luck Tanner! Go #TeamUsher! Watch Tanner’s audition in the video below – just skip to 0:43.
When first elected, I was surprised to hear of the intentions of the Federal Government to move the Provo River. Yes, it is true, and they are very serious about it. It’s called “The Provo River Delta Restoration Project” and it aims to restore the mouth of the Provo River flowing into Utah Lake. You can learn more from the post I did two years ago. One of the main objectives is to build a habitat for the June Sucker. This is no small deal for Provo and I hope all residents will watch closely and add their input into the process. After several years …
Provo’s Yard waste season has started and will run from March 3 through November 28, 2014. Your green ward waste cans will be emptied the same day as your regular garbage pickup. Please have your cans on the side of the road by 6:00 am. Make sure that you are only putting yard waste in your green cans. Your can will be left if their is garbage in it. No rocks, dirt, sod, paper, building materials, stumps, roots or animal waste The lid should be able to close – brush/limbs no longer than 3’ or hanging over can Yard Waste Recycling Recycling …