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Mormon who led Salt Lake City makeover steps aside

H. David Burton, longtime presiding bishop of the LDS Church and the genial public face of the faith’s decadelong effort to build a mammoth urban community of residences, offices and shops in downtown Salt Lake City, was released Saturday from the ecclesiastical post he has held since 1996.

The announcement — by Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the faith’s governing First Presidency, during the 182nd Annual General Conference — came just nine days after the church and Taubman Centers Inc. opened the retail component of City Creek Center, across the street from Temple Square and LDS Church headquarters.

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