Brigham Young, urban planning and the 'City of Zion' plat

Published: Wednesday, May 29 2013 7:41 p.m. MDT

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
According to the Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Brigham Young issued instructions for establishing Salt Lake City as soon as the pioneers arrived in the valley. His plans specified that each block would be the same size and contain eight lots, 1.25 acres in size. All the streets would be 132 feet wide, with houses on each block facing alternate streets and set 20 feet back from the sidewalk.

Other cities founded during the colonization of the West reflect Young's city outline, Richard Jackson wrote in the encyclopedia.

"Though differing in details, Mormon towns were characterized by large lots, wide streets and large blocks, features that still distinguish these communities of America's Intermountain West," he said. "This expansive pattern later enhanced urbanization, providing space for four lanes of traffic and for large-scale downtown development."
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