Salt Lake City

Council District 1

James Rogers

My WESTSIDE

Council Member James Rogers wearing the WESTSIDE shirtTo understand my connection to the westside, I need to take you back to when my mother, Venice Rogers (née Madsen), first moved into a little home on 972 Pinocchio Drive.

My mother’s family moved to the Rose Park neighborhood in the summer before my mother’s 6th grade year. Despite not having any connections to the area, the community embraced the Madsen family. Her formative years were spent being educated in wonderful westside schools, enjoying the beautiful landscape, and being influenced by rich community values. My mom always impressed upon me the importance of community and being involved in my neighborhood, and that stems from her own rich experience.

I too owe Salt Lake City’s westside an enormous debt. I met my future spouse Megan Rogers (née Jarrett) at West High School. Members of the Jarrett family have been residents of Rose Park for multiple generations and helped establish the sense of community that permeates the area. Megan grew up on Sunset Drive and we are fortunate enough to be able to raise our own two children (Sadie Elizabeth and Stockton Howard) in the same community that has done so much to shape several generations of each of our families.

One of my favorite past times is spending time with my children traversing the beautiful Jordan River Parkway. I feel so fortunate to live and work in a place of such beauty only minutes away from the heart of downtown. This community has been the right place for not only me and my family, but also so many others. I hope to represent the residents of the westside in a way that will continue to foster and perpetuate the special neighborhood we have created.

Salt Lake City Council Member Andrew Johnston (District Two) and I are honored to represent the City’s westside. We’re excited to announce an initiative to brand the term WESTSIDE by introducing new t-shirts.

Want to sport a WESTSIDE t-shirt? Send me an email with the subject line “WESTSIDE” and tell me what you love about the Westside. Don’t forget to include your shirt size, so I can reserve a WESTSIDE t-shirt for you while supplies last. Send me photos of you and your neighbors wearing your WESTSIDE shirts to include on this web page. Wear the shirts, share your neighborhood’s beauty and strengths on social media using #myWESTSIDE. Show us your WESTSIDE pride!

James

 

 

District 1, what do you love about the WESTSIDE?

Tyler B.

Posted on:September 10th, 2018
“I love the blue collar, can do attitude of the citizens of my neighborhood. I love the fact that we are salt of the earth people who are not afraid of hard work and can get the job done. I love the diversity of my community that myself and my family have been part of […]

Ed B.

Posted on:September 10th, 2018
“The main thing I love about the west side, which I have resided for 40 years, is that it is Salt Lake City. The diversity of the Westside is what makes it above the rest of county.” ~ Ed B.

Denise B.

Posted on:September 10th, 2018
“I have lived on the Westside most of my life and I would not change that for anything. My family moved to Rose Park after living in Poplar Grove until I was a Junior in high school. Love this park of the valley and it is just so convenient to downtown or most anywhere.” ~ […]

Meg K.

Posted on:September 10th, 2018
“I have lived in Rose Park since I was 6 years old. I first lived on Dupont Ave and remember the Bookmobile that stopped on our street. There wasn’t a library yet so we got to check out books from inside the “mobile library”. It was exciting to see our first library built on the […]

Tyson K.

Posted on:September 10th, 2018
“I live in the Rose Park neighborhood, and what I love about it is the diverse community and the “smallness” of it. I was born and raised in this area and recently purchased a home there, because I love it! The diversity among the Westside community is unmistakably unique and gives a sense of worldly […]

Afton

Posted on:September 10th, 2018
“I love living on the Westside! I’m a resident of the Fairpark neighborhood. I love the quiet neighborhoods, tall trees, and great Mexican food in our neighborhood. And I love how friendly the community is – people still sit on their porches and walk with their strollers on my street.” ~ Afton

Brittanie S.

Posted on:September 10th, 2018
“What I love about the Rose Park Neighborhood: I have lived here in Rose Park for 3 years now and I am happy to say that I love this neighborhood for many reasons. I love the tree lined streets, the diversity and the sense of home it gives. Someone once told me that it is […]

Tom E.

Posted on:September 10th, 2018
“What we love about our neighborhood is the influx of new young families most with the resources to fix up their new homes greatly cleaning up and making our neighborhoods beautiful. These families have renewed the old Rose Park as the people originally here used to know.” ~ Tom E.

Beverly C.

Posted on:September 10th, 2018
“I moved to Council District 1 in 1973. One location for 9 years and the current location for 34 years. I love the area. It is a friendly and clean neighborhood. I don’t plan on leaving for the rest of my life.” ~ Beverly C.

Melissa C.

Posted on:September 10th, 2018
“I love everything about living in Rose Park. I live on a quiet street where everyone is willing to help anyone out. I have lived in either West Pointe or Rose Park for 25 years and my family well before then. I don’t think I’d ever want to live anywhere else.” ~ Melissa C.

 

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