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External links[edit]

The following two lines need to be added back to the External links section. I had to remove them to push through a big update I was working on. The spam filter must be broken. Gah I can't even add them here with the nowiki tag, replace .___ with .com. and h__p with http.

*[h__p://www.ogdencity.___/ Ogden City] web site         
*[h__p://www.Untraveledroad.___/USA/Utah/Weber/Ogden.htm Photographic virtual tour of Ogden.]

A 09:28, 26 January 2006 (UTC)

Added back in, I was told that there was something wrong with the spam filter. —A 09:40, 26 January 2006 (UTC)

Sports and Recreation[edit]

There should be a section on Sports and Recreation, much like the one found on the Salt Lake City Page. This is an important part of Ogden's make up, and includes some historically important aspects for Rock Climbing, and Skiing (Olympic Downhill and Curling) in the 2002 winter olympics.

JohnDilworth 02:39, 22 March 2006 (UTC)

  • I agreee, also do not for get the extensive trail system (Hypernick1980 05:05, 24 March 2006 (UTC))
  • I also agree. There have also been some classic baseball players who played minor leagues in Ogden, namely Tommy Lasorda. (Ryskis 15:52, 5 March 2007 (UTC))

Herman Bang[edit]

The famous Danish author Herman Bang died in Ogden while travelling in the US. Perhaps this should be included? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 89.150.104.21 (talkcontribs) 18:26, 2 June 2007

Interesting tidbit, but without adding in a trivia section, not sure how to work this into the article. Feel free to be bold and add it in yourself! —A 01:37, 5 January 2008 (UTC)

Include future plans and projects?[edit]

There seems to be a dispute between WBardwin, Jedidiavolo, and myself over whether it's appropriate to mention the proposed ice climbing tower and/or the proposed kayak park on the Ogden River. WBardwin claims that the ice climbing tower is under construction, although the latest news report (Ogden Standard-Examiner, January 22, 2008) says that the city is still seeking funding for the project. I would argue that until there is a firm completion date for a facility such as this, it probably shouldn't be mentioned in an encyclopedia article. Projects like these are often delayed indefinitely, or canceled due to lack of funding or some other obstacle. Also, I'm not convinced that these facilities will be particularly noteworthy even if they are completed. The existing kayak park on the (much larger) Weber River isn't used much and I hesitated over whether to mention it when I wrote the first draft of the recreation section. The ice climbing tower might be noteworthy just for its uniqueness, IF it gets funded and functions as promised and gets a reasonable amount of use. But even if others have inside information that I lack, it's not appropriate to put undocumented promises in Wikipedia.

I'd appreciate hearing others' opinions on this.

(As a minor matter: If the ice climbing tower is to be mentioned, it shouldn't be in the paragraph on water sports.)

Twobitter (talk) 01:01, 28 January 2008 (UTC)

I agree that if the ice tower is to be mentioned, it shouldn't be in the paragraph on water sports. What about if there is a section on planned, future projects, but be brief. They aren't "undocumented promises", they are documented promises. — Val42 (talk) 03:51, 30 January 2008 (UTC)

Sorry I wasn't clear about "undocumented promise"; I meant that there doesn't seem to be any documentation that the resources are available to keep the promise.

I'm uncomfortable with the idea of a section on planned future projects. If it's something really big, and it's already reasonably far along (such as the FrontRunner commuter rail), then of course it should be mentioned. Otherwise, what's the point? Do other cities' articles include sections on future plans? It would be interesting to see other examples if they can be found. --Twobitter (talk) 03:34, 31 January 2008 (UTC)

Okay, you're doing a good job of making your case. Where would you propose drawing the line? Would Peterson's idea of creating a year-round resort in Malan Basin be included? This is a project which has plenty of documentation of attempts to make it come to pass. Try to find a place to draw the line then you may be able to convince me. — Val42 (talk) 05:20, 31 January 2008 (UTC)

Well, I'm not sure I can draw the line as sharply as you'd like--there will always be borderline cases. But again, I'd generally favor mentioning a future project if it's both large and reasonably certain to happen. So the FrontRunner qualifies because it's a major transportation investment, fully funded years ago, almost fully constructed, promised to be up and running this spring. The Malan's Basin development would also be a major project, but it doesn't qualify because it's highly speculative. However, if someone wanted to add a section on Ogden politics, perhaps the Malan's Basin proposal could be mentioned there as an example of what Ogdenites like to fight over! --Twobitter (talk) 06:19, 1 February 2008 (UTC)

What about if we put in the politics section something like, "The political leaders have a goal of making Ogden a recreation center for the surrounding states. To this end, they have built several projects, have pursuing funding of others (ice climbing wall and a kayak park on the Ogden river), and have recruited recreation outfitters and manufacturers to locate in Ogden. The Peterson plans for a year-round resort in Malan Basin has been one of the most controversial." I know that this is very rough, but you get the idea. It is brief, to the point and covers these projects without saying that they are in the works, just being pursued. — Val42 (talk) 21:26, 1 February 2008 (UTC)

I wouldn't want to pass judgment on an isolated excerpt of a hypothetical section on Ogden politics--I'd want to see the whole context. Why don't you try writing the whole section? But remember there's a lot more to Ogden politics than the "recreation center" goal, and much of the recreation development isn't very noteworthy from a political perspective. --Twobitter (talk) 02:31, 3 February 2008 (UTC)

I don't have the references right now, so it will be a while. But at least we've established where it should go if anyone wants to take on this project. — Val42 (talk) 04:29, 5 February 2008 (UTC)

Balance, please![edit]

Folks, let's try to keep things in perspective.

By all means, mention that Flying J has its corporate headquarters in Ogden. But this doesn't belong in the opening paragraph! A new section on business and commerce might be a good idea, if someone is up to writing it. Otherwise it could just be put under Sites of Interest for the time being.

  • An economy section has been lacking for a while now. I've gone on and created one. --UtahStizzle (talk) 20:50, 18 February 2010 (UTC)

The Foursite film festival is also worth mentioning, but it deserves only a single sentence--not three paragraphs--in the Ogden article. It could perhaps be worthy of a separate article of its own. Twobitter (talk) 02:28, 17 May 2008 (UTC)

Amy Wicks[edit]

In regard to the recent question: Who is Amy Wicks? Former council chair, current council member. If I'm not mistaken, the council currently consists of: Caitlin Gochnour, Chair, Susie Van Hooser, Vice Chair, Amy Wicks, Bart Blair, Brandon Stephenson, Doug Stephens, and Neil Garner. See Wicks bio material below. WBardwin (talk) 23:26, 2 February 2010 (UTC)

Council Member Amy Wicks: Amy Wicks has lived in Ogden since 1997. She was elected to the Ogden City Council in November of 2003 as one of three members representing the City At Large. In 2006 and 2007, she was elected vice chair of the Council. In 2008 and 2009, she was elected to serve as Council Chair.

Crime[edit]

Perhaps more focus should be given on the growth of crime within Ogden City? Particularly, South Ogden. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 63.226.104.225 (talk) 17:12, 4 June 2010 (UTC)

Why do you think there has been a growth of crime in Ogden? The statistics I've seen show that crime has declined, and it's definitely lower than the national average.[1] GreenGlass(talk) 00:04, 22 September 2010 (UTC)

Objective Treatment of Politics[edit]

On September 16, 2011, Iloveogden replaced my earlier paragraph about Ogden's political factions with a paragraph bragging about the current mayor's accomplishments. I've just removed that paragraph and replaced it with two new paragraphs of factual information about Ogden government, the RDA, and various political controversies. Wikipedia isn't the place for one-sided praise of politicians, and the Iloveogden's references failed to establish most of the claims being made. Also, with the mayor not running for another term, focusing on issues rather than individuals is more appropriate at this time. Twobitter (talk) 12:34, 18 October 2011 (UTC)

I agree. Arthurjerry added some back in today, and it's definitely not NPOV. If we allowed two paragraphs of starry-eyed praise for Godfrey, we'd have to allow a dissenting voice too (of which there are many). Better just to stick with the important facts. GreenGlass(talk) 00:35, 27 October 2011 (UTC)

Pronunciation[edit]

Please add pronunciation ... Taliopo (talk) 23:38, 21 December 2011 (UTC)

I did, but it should be noted that Utah English has the cot–caught merger, so it's a matter of opinion which vowel symbol to start with. Ntsimp (talk) 23:50, 21 December 2011 (UTC)