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After taking the 220 bus to downtown Salt Lake City, what my family and I found there saddened us all. Store fronts along Main Street were closed and boarded up, leaving only a few original businesses, such as Lamb's and Edinburgh Castle.

Where is downtown Salt Lake? Some may say, "It's right there, there's City Creek Center." I do not believe that is a downtown. That is a mall, with food courts, water shows and large corporations.

I hope someday people will come out of the malls and revive the local shops and restaurants. To walk outside on the streets instead of enclosed under a retractable roof is, to me, what a real American downtown is all about.

Emily Kam

Salt Lake City

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