Survey says: Panhandling stops people from visiting downtown SLC

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SALT LAKE CITY — For the first time in five years, parking isn’t a problem.

The Downtown Alliance commissions a survey every year of Utahns’ perceptions about downtown Salt Lake City. Every year, the number one perceived problem has been that you can’t find a parking spot downtown.

But for the first time, parking wasn’t the number one problem. It was crime, and, more specifically, panhandling.

“Overall, downtown has improved greatly in the five years we’ve done this survey. Most of it’s due to the great art and entertainment we have, City Creek Center was a great thing. But there are certainly some negatives that are attached to our city,” said Downtown Alliance spokesman Nick Como.

The 800 or so Utahns outside Salt Lake City who were surveyed by Downtown Alliance reported panhandling and the perception that there is a lot of crime as a negative feeling…

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