Becky Christensen of Grace, Idaho, travels 300 miles round-trip about five times a year to shop in downtown Salt Lake City. Michael and Bridget Williams of Provo make their way to the capital city a couple of times a month to visit attractions such as Temple Square and Hogle Zoo. And Matthew and Crystal Kendall of Salt Lake City enjoy spending time at The Gateway — "when we have money," Crystal Kendall says. A recent survey for the Downtown Alliance indicates Utahns' perceptions of Salt Lake City are on the rise — much like the capital city itself. Thirty-five percent of Utahns surveyed said their perceptions of downtown had improved over the past 12 months, while 52 percent said it stayed the same. Twelve percent said their perception of the city had gotten worse in the past year.
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