Director’s Message

2024 GACC Chair Joseph “Jurphy” Murphy’s July message:

Pictured above – the Avenues of yesteryear. Can you identify the former Anderson Tower on A Street overlooking Memory Grove and City Creek Canyon, the City-County Building, and the Cathedral of the Madeleine? Imagine the wide open spaces above 6th Avenue that were sheep grazing land and now are all avenues and homes. Image courtesy of University of Utah Marriott Library.
Headshot photo of Jurphy


Thank you!

We are in the throes of summer and as I reflect on the halfway point in my term as GACC chair, I am filled with gratitude for each of you and the ways you serve each other in Greater Avenues.

At our June community meeting, we had the opportunity to discuss the downtown Sports, Entertainment, Culture, and Convention (SECC) District. Representatives from all levels of government–City Council, County Council, State House and State Senate–were present to explain their positions and–more importantly–listen to your voices and concerns.

While it’s not unique for our community meetings to have elected officials present, I was reminded of how accessible are our local leaders to our community, and of their dedication to serving us.

Also in June, many of you volunteered at the Salt Lake City Cemetery Cleanup. This annual event, led by the Friends of the SLC Cemetery, drew throngs of people laboring to keep this state treasure in tip-top condition. I extend my special thanks to Dave Alderman–GACC Board member and past chair – who also serves as the President of the Friends of SLC Cemetery–for his service to the community.

As we look forward to July, here’s a reminder that our community meeting will be held on July 10 due to the Independence Day holiday. As a GACC Board, we put in a lot of time and effort into identifying what issues are relevant, timely, and of impact to our Greater Avenues community, with the goal of presenting information that matters at our monthly meetings and on this website.

The topics may not always be as flashy as a multibillion dollar, downtown development project, but I guarantee if you attend our community meetings, you’ll learn something new and be inspired to find ways to serve and get involved.

Finally, the GACC Communications and Website Committees are excited to announce our revamped website with a new look and feel and better user experience! Check out and bookmark

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday July 10 at 6:00 p.m. at the Sweet Library or on Zoom.


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