Located northeast of downtown Salt Lake City, the Avenues is considered to be one of the trendiest areas to live in the city, and is especially attractive to people in the arts. The bottom of the Avenues is South Temple Street and from there the neighborhood is built up onto the lower slopes of the mountains.
All of the streets that run north and south are named after letters, such as C Street, D Street, etc. The roads that run east to west are numbered from 1st to 18th Avenue.
The Salt Lake City Cemetery is located in the upper avenues, with the lower Avenues chiefly consisting of historic Victorian style houses.
In the past the area became very popular with young couples looking for affordable housing, but in recent years the houses in this area have become less affordable as many people seek out low traffic, non-congested neighborhoods in which to purchase their homes.
The Avenues neighborhood was first surveyed in 1850, and deviated from other neighborhoods in the area because of its closely laid out streets and avenues. All of the streets in this neighborhood were named after either trees or had garden themed names.
One of the main problems that residents of the Avenue faced in the 19th century was lack of water; the only way to get water to the area was if it was hauled and many people did not have piped water until the early 20th century. Despite this fact, The Avenues became a very popular neighborhood, especially with those were relocating Salt Lake City during the late 1800s.
Although there was a deep decline of The Avenues in the middle of the 20th century, a project to revitalize the area was sponsored by the Greater Avenues Community Council, and today it is considered to be a popular and progressive neighborhood by the younger citizens of the city.