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What Parkites like, dislike

by Jay Hamburger OF THE RECORD STAFF

Parkites treasure the views of Old Town and the McPolin Farm.

They do not, however, treasure Treasure, the Sweeney family’s development proposal on a hillside overlooking Old Town.

Those were among the sentiments that people expressed Tuesday night during a gathering that was part of an ongoing, wide-ranging exercise organized by City Hall to assist as leaders prepare to craft a plan for Park City’s future.

Approximately 150 people attended the Vision Park City event, held at The Yarrow, providing their opinions of numerous photographs of scenes of Park City. They indicated what they liked of the photos and what they did not like, among a few other questions City Hall-hired consultants posed to the group.

Many of the photographs were of well-known neighborhoods or buildings, but others were not immediately recognizable. The Parkites at the gathering generally were fans of historic buildings and Old Town, but they were critical of construction sites and scenes of traffic.

Some of the images that people spent time on Tuesday include:

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Old Town, the barn at the McPolin Farm, skiers and Miners Hospital, which were seen as being among the most treasured.

The National Garage, the Marsac Building and the No Name Saloon, which were seen as being representative of old-time Park City. A photo of Hal Compton, a historian with the Park City Museum, leading a tour was also placed in the category.

The Sky Lodge, a Pay and Display parking meter, the Town Bridge and a halfpipe competition, which were seen as being representative of modern-day Park City.

The construction of the St. Regis at Deer Crest, a packed parking lot and vacant lot on Main Street where heavy machinery is stored, which were pegged as eyesores.

Work force housing, scenic vistas and transit connections outside of Summit County, which were put into a category of what Park City needs more of.

A rendering of the Treasure development proposal, big parking lots and the people mover under construction at St. Regis, known as a funicular, which people said Park City does not need more of.

City Hall organized the Vision Park City exercise as it prepares to update the General Plan, an overarching document that guides growth in Park City. A less ambitious exercise was held soon after the 2002 Winter Olympics. The last time one similar to Vision Park City was staged in the mid-1990s.

The crowd on Tuesday was told 40 volunteers have interviewed more than 300 Parkites about what they like and dislike about Park City, with the interviews lasting approximately 30 minutes each.

The people who have answered questions have said they are proud of Park City’s heavy role during the 2002 Winter Olympics, Parkites’ willingness to help neighbors and their support of not-for-profit organizations, a speaker said. They have also said, though, that there are biases in the city, housing prices have forced rank-and-file workers out of the city and Parkites are hungry for money.

The consultants, who are based in Alexandria, Va., have outlined a schedule through midsummer, when another communitywide meeting is planned. Charles Buki, the principal of the consulting firm, told people at an earlier gathering Park City is a successful community compared to many other places where his firm has worked.