My family settled Tooele County in the 1850’s, a lot has changed, and a
lot will change. Growth is inevitable, and shouldn’t be feared. I just
hope we have vision and a plan, so that we can grow in a healthy sustainable way
in order to preserve the things we feel are most important.
@Steaknwings. Thanks for the “lesson” in local politics. I AM SO
AWARE of the inability of many local high school students being unable to come
home to St. George for employment after higher education. My children are SIXTH
generation natives of SG!! No one is more aware than I am. MY ancestors helped
build this town. The housing is so ridiculously expensive my
children can’t afford to come. We are overrun by many who move here but
then want it to BE California. Or they want us to look like Tucson and lambast
anyone with a front lawn, yet, if they hadn’t moved here we would still
have enough water. Our streets and some highways are overcrowded most of the
time and shut down several times a year because of sporting and other events
catering to visitors. Restaurants are so crowded that working locals
don’t have the time to wait behind the thousands flocking here. Schools
are crowded, classroom sizes huge, children (some with drugs and gang issues)
are coming in with parents who think SG would be a perfect location for their
children to get aware from those influences. Open space is gone. Pollution is
here. It’s an endless list, caused in great part by greed.
Enough is enough!"The growth in St. George is sickening to
everyone except the mayor and the developers...Shame on the current
leaders!"--------------Do you have any idea how many St. George
locals have essentially been forced to leave the place they love due to a lack
of quality employment opportunities? This especially applies to graduates of
Dixie State and the local high schools. This is now changing due to the right
kind of growth and quality leadership that has assisted in that growth. But by
all means go ahead believing that everyone, outside of the Mayor and other
leaders, prefers that we keep these opportunities away from St. George.Rapid growth can certainly cause problems though, but of course Mayor Pike was
also quoted in the article as saying he didn't mind seeing St. George slide
down the growth list a bit.
If only growth that comes to Utah could be spread out to communities who
aren't along the Wasatch Front or in St. George. It would be better for
everyone. I dread driving to Salt Lake City because of the congestion and avoid
it at all costs. I also used to enjoy St. George but it too is getting very
crowded. The middle of the state is awesome with so much to offer, clean air,
friendly people, reasonable property costs, nice communities... but very little
growth. The only growth we get lately is retired couples from California who
bring their politics with them.
@liberal mormon,You mean environmental protection and sustainable growth
like we have here in California? Our environment is shot. Our streets are
trashed and full of feces. We can't keep our forests from burning down from
over growth. Our cities are full of smog and a middle class family can't
make it and will forever remain poor due to over taxation and unsustainable
growth. These are all facts and are not even debatable. Every other blue state
has the same problems. And I didn't even mention crime which is a separate
The growth in St. George is sickening to everyone except the mayor and the
developers. “Growth at any cost” is the mantra. There WON’T
BE enough water in the near future and the Lake Powell pipeline is absurd. We
need to slow the flow of people but our city leaders just don’t get it.
They want to be Silicon Slopes South. What a nice legacy to leave to the natives
here who made this a nice place and who have been pushed aside. Shame on the
“Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.”
- Edward Abbey
I can understand the desire for population growth but once population becomes
large enough to support what ever services desired further population growth
becomes a nightmare from traffic to housing cost.Take the St.
George as an example. Additional water is need to support more growth at the
same time growth kills the desirability of living in that community.
I am not really sure why folks are on here complaining about economic growth...
you could have economic stagnancy and decay .... I will take growth anytime
@ Brad James. You're right. Water will be the ultimate arbitrator in St.
George, and all of Southenr Utah.
Whether people like it or not, Utah is growing, and it will continue to grow in
the foreseeable future. This leaves people with two options:1. Plan for
the growth so that we have intelligent infrastructure that keeps the roads
running smooth, the cost of living low, and safeguards Utah's natural
resources and environment. The DFW in Texas is a good example of what happens
when you start adjusting your infrastructure and planning with growth in
mind.2. Fight against the growth and complain as the Wasatch Front
devolves into a snarled mess of traffic, pollution, strained utilities, and high
home prices due to a lack of planning. For a good reference, see Los Angeles or
San Francisco.Change is hard, but it happens whether you like it or not.
Dig in your feet, whine, complain, and refuse to adapt, but that idyllic country
landscape isn't coming back. If you don't like the growth, move.
Vonsvomit - I like your ideas but unfortunately, putting the brakes on growth
will also cause housing costs to skyrocket, just like the San Franciso area
where "cracker box-size" homes sell for millions.Liberal
Mormon - Please take a look at California, Chicago, Baltimore and other
"blue" states and cities. We don't want "blue" here because
dems ruin everything they touch. The evidence is starkly obvious.
The vast majority of the growth in the Provo/Orem metro area is not in Provo or
Orem. It's in northern and southern Utah County. The traffic congestion
is going to be scary when Utah Valley is finally filled to capacity.
So long as this growth changes the voting demographics and minimizes the
cultural/political dominance of these regions, I'm OK with it. Make Utah
more blue to make it better for sustainable growth and environmental protection.
St George was a pleasant and easy place to live not that long ago. The growth
has brought crowded streets and clogged traffic, long lines at the checkout
counter and more haze in our air. They should stop promoting the national parks
and focus on preserving what little quality of life that is left.
Lake Powell is already less than 1\2(mead is almost as bad) of what it should be
PLEASE DO NOT support taking more water from the Lake Powell just so more people
can build mega mansions in the desert, its just not even remotely sustainable.
I just laugh and laugh thinking how Governor Herbert and his technology corridor
is destroying Utah one house and one shoddy business deal at a time. It is funny
how the state government will not listen to the citizens of this state and STOP
the growth the state is currently seeing. The excuses given by those
in office that Utah citizens want large families and that Utah wants high paying
jobs are nothing but flat out lies. What state officials like to gloss over is
most people here want growth to slow or stop all together. The people here do
not want the uber expensive cost of housing, the ever rising property taxes, the
loss of natural resources, the high crime the state is now experiencing, and the
ever present year round smog.That is what Utah wants...Forget the
Amazon distribution center, forget the In land port. Forget the technology
corridor. Stop the growth. Stop the construction of new homes. Start protecting
the natural resources that has made this state the greatest place to live.
St. George is so much different than when my mom was a little girl (she grew up
there) and in my own life, I have witnessed tremendous growth. Many of the
neighborhoods are like where I did my mission in Tucson. St. George is like
Tucson Jr. and that's not a bad thing. Tucson's a great "big
brother" to emulate. I just hope there will always be enough water.
I hope the Federal Government will finally give the go-ahead to build the Lake
Powell water pipeline. Maybe then Utah can start using more of it's water
rights for Utah people instead of passing it down to the Lower Basin States for
We left the Wasatch Front specifically because it is already getting way too
crowded with no end in sight and because land and housing costs are
astronomical. Five and six thousand square-foot homes compressed on 1/5 acre
lots and elbow-to-elbow with next-door neighbors is nuts. And, as many of the
article's pictures show, they all look alike - same shapes, same colors.
No, thank you. The mountains are lovely as is the blue sky, but as for the rest
. . .
Why are state leaders so obsessed with growth? One only has to take a drive up
American Fork canyon, or really any of the major canyons along the Wasatch
Front, to know they’re choosing money over the preservation and quality of
life for locals.
Some people in the state are determined to turn the Wasatch Front into another
Silicon Valley at the expense of pushing more local residents out, creating more
homelessness, and unaffordable housing for some of our more critical residents
like teachers, fire fighters, police, and older lifelong residents of the state.
Also, young families who won't be able to afford to live here. One only has
to look at San Francisco and Seattle as prime examples. This really isn't
something to be proud of.