Salt Lake City: Our Home, Part 10

Not to be overlooked, the compact 9th and 9th neighborhood is a hidden gem in Salt Lake City. Photo credit: Utah Realty Association
Not to be overlooked, the compact 9th and 9th neighborhood is a hidden gem in Salt Lake City. Photo credit: Utah Realty Association

So far, VIP Limousine has explored some fairly obvious parts of why we love Salt Lake City and are proud to call it home. But as we continue on our virtual tour, we want to highlight one that might get overlooked. That area is the rather simply-named 9th and 9th neighborhood, and there’s a good reason why the locals love it.

The area gets its name from the intersection at its heart, which is the meeting point between 900 South and 900 East; locals refer to these streets more simply as 9th South and 9th East, based on Salt Lake City’s grid system and street naming methods. It’s also at the intersection of two Utah Transit Authority bus lines, the 9 and the 209. The shops are all small, independent, and local, and include a gelateria, a jeweler, dry cleaners, a pub, and an independent movie theatre, The Tower, run by the Salt Lake Film Society.

The focus of the neighborhood is around one particular corner, so everything is easily walkable. It’s also well-decorated, with a lot of custom pieces standing in for otherwise standard utility fare. This includes the bike racks and the street lights, as well as decorative concrete around the crosswalks and sidewalks. You can tell this place is special to its local residents.

If you want to escape from Salt Lake’s downtown, we recommend having a look at 9th and 9th for a unique flavor of our hometown.

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