Dear City Guide reader
More than 30 years ago, I made the decision to move to Salt Lake City—it was one of the best decisions of my life. After growing up on the East Coast, I started working during the summers in college at the Grand Canyon for the National Park Service, and I fell in love with this region’s natural landscapes and wonderful communities.
I had always liked Salt Lake City for its fantastic mix of assets and, when I was accepted to law school at the University of Utah in 1974, I moved here and have never looked back.
Salt Lake City has a tremendous combination of easy access to the mountains and deserts, a friendly population and a progressive political orientation. It is big and well-located enough to have amenities and diversity of a larger city, friendliness of a smaller town and attractiveness of a spectacular natural environment.
No other city in the United States can boast the remarkable combination of benefits that Salt Lake City offers. The mountains are always in sight, a reminder of the beauty of our natural world, and our place in it. In so many neighborhoods, we can walk to shops and services, and we have a mix of historic residences—from detached homes to high-rises—proximate to downtown. Wide streets and a quickly developing first-class transit system offer relatively easy movement throughout our city.
There is a community spirit in Salt Lake City that is seldom felt in a larger metropolis—neighbor helping neighbor, and a friendly, welcoming population. We are anchored on our east and west ends by one of American’s leading universities and a growing international airport.
Our downtown is the center of a region, where the arts—performing and visual—have been acknowledged internationally. The headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints welcomes the world and contributes to the splendor at the north end of downtown. Salt Lake City is gorgeous. Add to our attributes a city that has an excited population ready to address the challenges of our era, and our future looks especially bright.