Corporate Control of Downtown

I’m frustrated with NuSkin’s recent purchase of an entire downtown block in Provo. It seems clear that it would be an unreasonable expectation to hope them to develop that area with community interests in mind (Not that they won’t try– and it seems like the plan they have in mind is preferable to what another large business might prefer).

I am not interested in Provo’s downtown area becoming a giant corporate shopping and business center, like Salt Lake’s city center is, and while the construction of the new conference center downtown is something with which I’m far more willing to say ‘wait and see’, Brigham book and copy, Pioneer Book and their new cafe that they just added last year, as well as several other small businesses, will either move, or possibly even disappear.

The simple fact that NuSkin is a corporate entity makes me wary of their involvement, as their building project is something over which the public has no direct say, and little recourse by other means.


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