Experts Agree Everything is Fine
These people get paid for these opinions? A bevy of local experts has met and concluded that SLC will face no more than an economic bump and will soon be right as rain. They quickly gloss over the vacant lots, vacant storefronts, and aging "For Lease" and "For Sale" signs. They focus on all the construction cranes downtown. Never mind that there is no logical connection between the LDS Church's ability to build City Creek and merchant's and consumers' abilities to populate it. Of course one of these "experts" is Frank Gray who has been completely outflanked on the Sugarhouse pit fiasco by Craig Mecham, who isn't the sharpest knife in the drawer, so logical conclusions shouldn't be expected. In the mean time, the county's revenue projections are down nearly $11 million due to the economy. Yeah, that sounds fine to me.
If you're in business, there are times when you need experts: an accountant here, a lawyer there, an HR adviser some other time. When it comes to determining if you have enough business, though, or what your customer traffic is going to look like when half the tenants in your shopping plaza go dark, you are the expert, and if someone tells you things are fine when you know otherwise, turn down the sound.