By Richard Holman
Our six west-side community councils do an outstanding job of informing their communities, gathering input and creating a distinct sense of community.
However, local community leaders recognize that we can be more effective in taking on broader challenges impacting all west-side neighborhoods when we work together.
Two years ago we revived the Westside Coalition, whose mission is to “advocate for the health, safety and quality of life of west side Salt Lake City residents.”
The Westside Coalition brings together representatives from all six west-side community councils and other community organizations, such as NeighborWorks Salt Lake, University Neighborhood Partners, Rose Park Lions Club, West View Media, River District Business Alliance, and more, to advocate for our community.
Over the past two years, the coalition has provided a west-side voice to many issues and accomplished, as a group, what individual communities might not have been able to.
For example, we successfully organized the most-attended SLC Mayoral Candidate debate, and pushed for allocation of funds for a study of a proposed year-round public market at the Utah State Fair Park. The study was completed by the Salt Lake City Redevelopment Agency, indicating viability.
The coalition also provides direct input to Envision Utah regarding Inland Port air quality and potential development impacts. We have also spoken out against the Beck St. Project, which is slated to erect 80 ft. towers through our neighborhoods, and we are supporting efforts to reduce crime along North Temple.