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Published: Monday, April 21 2014 7:30 p.m. MDT

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Salt Lake City, UT

"Friend, you really can't seem to find anything you like about this area can you?"

Scenery (aside from inversion season), low crime rates, plenty of snow, and I wanted to go to the U.

"You don't like our morals"

That's a loaded statement; I'm sure we agree on most "morals" since morals go way beyond abortion and same-sex marriage (which technically I still agree on personally, just disagree on when it comes to whether to impose restrictions on everyone else regarding them).

"you don't like the prominent religion"

Actually I'm quite alright with it. There's a difference between disagreeing with and disliking. I only dislike when they get involved in imposing same-sex marriage bans on everyone, and that's largely scaled back these days.

"you don't like the politics here."

True, aside from local politics.

"With your constant griping about Utah and the Mormons and the society here"

I think you are reading an awful lot into my making a joke via Reduced Shakespeare Company reference with my initial post.

el steve o
Herriman, UT

Daybreak is a very cool development and it's astonishing how many very large (massive) apartment/townhome developments are going up all over this valley. I think this whole "anti-sprawl" thing is a devilish attempt to control other humans and is anti-family. It's mostly a bad misguided thing.

Some talk of dwindling farmland and agricultural resources as a cause for alarm - this idea is totally unfounded (food scarcity is strictly a political issue). The so called "population explosion" myth is just that - a tired old myth that gained popularity in the 70's (see "Population bomb", Erlich).

If you crave your own open space I have a solution for you: Drive 45 minutes West and find a nice place to sit in the middle of Skull Valley. And once there joyfully ponder open spaces.

Cedar Hills, UT

The area I live in was built within the last 20 years. It has filled in with houses, along with green space. It's a nice place to live, and no farmland was used. In fact, I'm growing crops in my backyard where there was nothing but rocks and weeds before. Is there really something wrong with that?

Sam Cleach

I've always found it funny that those who complain about "greedy developers" ruining views and developing lands for their own selfishness are typically the most selfish people out there. They want their view preserved, their open space retained, their commute empty of cars. But are they willing to pay for it? Nope. They want everyone else to pay for it, demanding that their neighbor not develop his land because it ruins the view or some other contrived reason. Apparently this is selflessness, standing up to those greedy developers who just want to pave over everything to create ugly houses that no one could possibly want, this is actually the height of selfishness, you want something but you want someone else to pay for it.

You may not like the suburbs but there are plenty of people that do. I, for one, love urban sprawl. I have lived in downtown Salt Lake, I have lived in a tiny apartment in a city with over 3 million people. Both had their advantages but I much prefer my current suburb created by urban sprawl with my cookie cutter home and patch of grass.

New to Utah

Agriculture is worth saving. People need to eat. Destroying farmland to build houses is a very poor choice. There is much available land that is not suitable to farm, that is where homes should be built. Quality of life and sustainability are still important.Once you put houses on a farm it is gone forever. Intelligent thoughtful growth is worth the effort.

Western Rover
Herriman, UT

elarue, we've tried apartment living several times. Each time we move to a new state we start in an apartment to give us time to explore. It's just not conducive to raising children. You have to walk them to the playground instead of letting them run out the back door.

Utah's open space is what brought us back here after living in Seattle. Here we have enough room to keep goats and chickens without them bothering our neighbors, for less than the cost of a house with small yard in Seattle.

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