SOON-TO-BE… ‘BEFORE & AFTER’: Main Street in Moab…


For decades, the lot adjacent to the old POPLAR PLACE bar sat empty. In recent years the folks at Wicked Brew offered excellent coffee via their drive-thru store (they still do, along US 191 in south Moab.) But now, as was bound to happen, the empty lot is about to be ‘filled.’ Construction has begun and a year from now, the architect’s rendering below will be Moab’s latest dose of 21st Century ‘Reality.’



*Photo courtesy of Google Street View.



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4 comments for “SOON-TO-BE… ‘BEFORE & AFTER’: Main Street in Moab…

  1. jim stiles
    October 2, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    Uncle Bebop…that’ll work as long as you don’t tell anybody where you are!

  2. Charles Clayton
    October 4, 2015 at 11:08 am

    Posted this on the Zephyr Facebook page, but here’s my take for the official archive records: Ironically, if that was actual housing right downtown, especially affordable housing, with locally owned businesses at street level, then this structure would actually be somewhat positive in my eyes, as it clusters people in the actual TOWN and prevents (in theory) the endless sea of houses sprawling out into former ranch lands and desert. Locals who don’t need backyards (because the public lands surrounding Moab offer up the world’s best backyard) could rent or maybe even own a modest sized apartment/condo and be right in the heart of town for walks to coffee, beer, parks, school, grocery store whatever. Plus it’s right up against the sidewalk, without the usual wasteland of a parking lot full of cars (like every mini-mall) making walkability a challenge. However, the fact that it looks to be some kind of faux-luxury bullshit definitely puts it on the “one more thing about a once supercool western town that now sucks” list.

  3. Uncle Bebop
    October 4, 2015 at 11:14 am

    Jimmy Stiles…you got that right! Those that know whereI am(mostly) are welcome…those that don’t …I ain’t tellin’!

  4. Michael Engelhard
    November 24, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    Moab: RIP (Rot in ‘Progress’)

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