Deseret News
Letter to the Editor

I'm a Salt Lake City newbie. I moved/drove here from Plymouth, Massachusetts, a little over three months ago.

I’ve been to and dwelt in many cities and countries in my long life. I wasn’t sure what I’d find in Salt Lake City, the next and future city of residence.

My first impression was that I'd never find my way from A to B without continually driving around in perpetual squares. Understanding this grid finally gave me reason to find my keys and start over.

Speaking of streets, they are wide enough to provide left turn lanes, straight and right lane turns and a dedicated bike lane. Not to mention, I can safely park my car on the side of the road and get in or out without fear of being struck by an oncoming bus, truck, car or bike.

One Sunday afternoon when my son was visiting, we decided to go to Clark Planetarium. Heading into the City Creek parking garage, my son was getting frustrated repeatedly pressing the button and getting no ticket. We thought maybe the area was closed and were about to leave when a passerby noticed our dilemma.

“It's free on Sundays,” he called to us, then smiled and continued his stroll.

“Free?” If this were Boston, these next few hours would be $40-$60 and we’d still have a problem finding space.

I’d be remiss if I failed to comment on the cleanliness of the parking garage. I’ve never seen anything like it. In fact, I defy you to find even a gum wrapper on street or sidewalk in the entire city. This is by far the cleanest city I have ever seen. Kudos to maintenance — city or private — and thank you.

The people in charge are to be commended. Considerable thought was obviously put into the safety, accessibility, creativity and comfort of its citizens. I’m sure there are problems. With a growing population over 200,000, there must be. But for me, let me say again, congratulations and thank you.

Conni DiLego

Salt Lake City