Real Ogden

#RealOgden

April 3, 2017

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In the past year or so, Ogden has been credited with having one of the best downtowns in the country (and it's a best-kept secret as far as mountain towns go). It's one of the state's fastest-growing cities, has an affordable, competitive housing market and it's a great place to start a business. 

But some don't see Ogden's reputation as quite so glowing: The city is often called "dangerous" and "dilapidated," particularly by those who point to Provo and Salt Lake City in comparison.

We're taking a few months to explore the historical and contemporary factors that give Ogden its dueling reputations. To start with, we're taking a look at some common stereotypes and comparing them to city history and local, state and federal data. Navigate the project by choosing stories below.

OGDEN HAS ITS CHARMS, BUT SOME WORRY THE CITY’S OLDER CORE IS ON THE DECLINE

Attitudes seem to be a function of people’s experiences in the city.

WHAT PART OF OGDEN IS MOST DANGEROUS?

It's a complex question. Here's the answer.

IS OGDEN A GHETTO?

Ogden does look worse than other Utah cities in some ways. But some say ghetto is a charged and vague word that doesn't adequately the city.

WHAT ARE OGDEN’S SAFEST, LEAST SAFE NEIGHBORHOODS?

Which Ogden neighborhoods do you think are the most and least safe?

YOUR TOWN, YOUR STORIES

Some of the people who took the survey talked with the Standard-Examiner about their experiences in Ogden.

THE STORY BEHIND OGDEN'S ROLLICKING REPUTATION

There are a few key events that turned 25th Street from the wrong side of town to one of the U.S.'s best main streets. 

 DUELING OPINIONS

More than 600 people surveyed offered a broad range of feelings about Ogden and its attributes.

DO YOU FEEL SAFE IN OGDEN?

One common theme among hundreds of surveyed people were crime issues in Ogden. Is the city safe? That depends on where you come from.

A NEIGHBORHOOD OF CONSTANT CHANGE

The faces and places of Ogden's Historic downtown district.