An informal poll of the 22 community councils in the unincorporated area of Salt Lake County indicated growth and its consequences represent a top priority in the need for government action. Yet frustrated with county officials, the councils turned to legislators for help.
Even state legislators appear hesitant about doing anything at all progressive, and the governor would just as soon serve us cake as the quality of life continues to deteriorate all over the state.As our state or regional representation continues to ignore the need, more power will be given to environmentalists, nesting grounds of the desert tortoise, wetlands and federal government. Ironically, Gov. Mike Leavitt sought to bring power back to the states, yet he is incapable of doing anything with the power.
As an architect, I have seen highly organized plans for communities by professional designers within the private realm that are financially feasible and even fabulously successful, depending on the designer and the commitment. They add to the quality of life while increasing densities and maintaining open space.
A larger government entity needs to assist in coordinating planning efforts and employing architectural, planning design firms (the best) to work with communities across the state that have seen the ravages of suburban development rob their downtown cores of their quiet dignity and beauty.
Because of the growing decentralized nature of the economy, areas that create an attractive, quality environment are the new growth centers. If Utah continues as one of these centers, we won't have to push the tax burden onto the people by lowering taxes on businesses to attract business, which is our state's standard operating procedure. This act of prostituting ourselves with nothing but a vain hope of soft-selling Utah at the Olympics bases our economy on low-paying jobs, creating an industry that is too volatile to build a stable economy.
Bruce B. Allen
Salt Lake City