When we first moved to Salt Lake City, the Downtown Rising project was in its first stages of construction.
City Creek was a giant hole in the ground, cranes littered the skyline and the Gateway had the monopoly on city shopping.
The intersection of South Temple and Main Street was, in a word, LOUD.
I rarely walked that area without hearing the beep of some sort of giant construction vehicle or the pounding of metal against metal.
Over the course of four years, we watched that hole in the ground grow beams, then watched as those beams grew walls, and those walls came together to make giant buildings.
And just when the end was in sight, we moved away.
So it was extremely gratifying (but also admittedly a bit frustrating) to walk around the nearly-completed City Creek Center this weekend.
It would appear that all those years of ugly orange construction tape were totally and completely worth it.
Reece and I are planning to go to the opening gala in a few weeks.
If only I had money to spend when it officially opens.
Such is the irony of life...
Also, if you haven't walked through the new O.C. Tanner building, you must do it in the near future.