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Salt Lake City Announces Contest to Name Street


Salt Lake City is inviting the public to come up with a name for a new mid-block street between the Salt Lake City public library and the new public safety building.

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker joined the city’s police and fire chiefs and the new community and economic development director outside the city Library to announce the opening of a contest to name the street. Anyone interested in pitching an idea can go to the public safety building page of the city’s website. Becker says the possibilities are limitless.

“It could be something associated with public safety, it could be something associated with the history of the city or it could be something associated with the way people think of the future of the city," Becker says.

The pedestrian walkway will extend east from the city and county building through library square to the new public safety building. Becker says the walkway is intended to continue on to 700 east over time.

Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank says the space is intended to encourage the public to access the public safety building.

“The thing that I’m looking for as one of the judges is a name that reflects the public space," Burbank says. "Because this is not the police or fire departments plaza, this is in fact a public plaza and we would like the name to reflect that.”

The contest runs February 4th through the 28th.

Construction on the new public safety building will be completed this summer. 

Whittney Evans grew up southern Ohio and has worked in public radio since 2005. She has a communications degree from Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky, where she learned the ropes of reporting, producing and hosting. Whittney moved to Utah in 2009 where she became a reporter, producer and morning host at KCPW. Her reporting ranges from the hyper-local issues affecting Salt Lake City residents, to state-wide issues of national interest. Outside of work, she enjoys playing the guitar and getting to know the breathtaking landscape of the Mountain West.
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