Photos by John McCarthy
Edited by Marcie Young Cancio
For five years, cranes and construction dominated the urban heart of Salt Lake City. Now, a year after City Creek Center opened its doors, we take a look at how downtown transformed through the lens of a local photographer
Hired by Salt Lake's Downtown Alliance three years ago to document a vibrant urban city center amid the construction of the massive City Creek Center, photographer John McCarthy was enthralled by the blending of history and modernity during one of the nation's largest redevelopment projects. "It was the biggest Easter basket of a project I could imagine," recalls McCarthy, who holds a degree in urban planning and redevelopment. "I saw the daily evolution of an almost cartoon-like city with skeletons of buildings wrapped in sheets of rigid foam insulation in a range of colors," he said. He didn't finish shooting until the mall opened a year ago. These photos he has shared are his most compelling.