Ex-SLC Mayor Rocky Anderson admits flip-flopping on Main Street Plaza

Seven years after he pushed to give up a public easement on the LDS Church's Main Street Plaza in exchange for a west-side community center, Rocky Anderson made a concession Thursday.

"It's true," the former Salt Lake City mayor said. "I flip-flopped."

But Anderson said he reversed course on the public right of way -- he earlier had stated that transferring the easement to the LDS Church would be a "betrayal" -- in order to broker peace in a controversy that had exploded into "almost religious warfare."

Anderson and Stephen Clark, the lead attorney in the American Civil Liberties Union's first lawsuit against Salt Lake City over the plaza, teamed up Thursday at the University of Utah's law school to deliver a behind-the-scenes look at the aftermath of the city's decade-old decision to sell a block of Main Street to the church.

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