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Old 02-02-2010, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Sinking in the Great Salt Lake
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http://www.ci.slc.ut.us/council/agendas/2007agendas/February/021307A3.pdf (broken link)

I was reading about projections for future growth and urban development around the Wastatch Front. It appears we should expect another 1 million people in Salt Lake area in the next 30 years; two-thirds of them children of current residents.

What do you imagine the future of Salt Lake will be like? Where are we gonna put a million more people? How will Salt Lake change, and how will it stay the same?

I can't help but see a future Wasatch Front that closely resembles today's Southern California. Can we escape that fate? It does seem there is gonna be a big push for more light rail and more dense, mixed use development...it's a start, at least.

What do ya'll think?
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Old 02-02-2010, 12:24 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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Not sure it will happen as there isn't enough water to go around. Or else all the crops will be gone due to their water being cleaned and used for people.
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Old 02-02-2010, 12:54 PM
 
Location: A Place With REAL People
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If I were to still be alive, I would certainly hope it would allow me to be somewhere ELSE than here should that be the areas fate. I want some place with trees, fresh air (something you could most certainly say goodbye to if your prediction comes true) and not so much traffic. I'll have to start looking
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Old 02-02-2010, 03:05 PM
 
Location: God's Gift to Mankind for flying anything
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Question:
With Utah only recently passing the 2 million people mark,
how long ago was it when Utah only had one (1) million people ?
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Old 02-02-2010, 03:08 PM
 
Location: A Place With REAL People
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When I lived here in the late 70's they were at about 1.3 million. That was pretty tolerable. No real crime, no gangs, no traffic jams. Ahhh the good old days....
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Old 02-02-2010, 04:20 PM
 
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So if I decide to come out to join you fine folks it'll be a million and one?

Foregoing recruiting any family and/or friends of course...

Two thirds being children of curent residents is certainly a vote of confidence for the area. But the valley had better get a "Green" program going now, imagine the inversion, ski lift lines, trampled hiking trails, over fished waters, etc. if they don't.
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Old 02-02-2010, 04:55 PM
 
Location: The Springs
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When I lived here in the late 70's they were at about 1.3 million. That was pretty tolerable. No real crime, no gangs, no traffic jams. Ahhh the good old days....
I grew up in Olympus Hills in the late '50's through late '60's. The 1 millionth Utahan was around 1966 as I remember. Salt Lake was a wonderful place to be a kid back then, even as a "gentile".
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Old 02-02-2010, 06:07 PM
 
Location: South Jordan, Utah
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http://www.ci.slc.ut.us/council/agendas/2007agendas/February/021307A3.pdf (broken link)

I was reading about projections for future growth and urban development around the Wastatch Front. It appears we should expect another 1 million people in Salt Lake area in the next 30 years; two-thirds of them children of current residents.

What do you imagine the future of Salt Lake will be like? Where are we gonna put a million more people? How will Salt Lake change, and how will it stay the same?

I can't help but see a future Wasatch Front that closely resembles today's Southern California. Can we escape that fate? It does seem there is gonna be a big push for more light rail and more dense, mixed use development...it's a start, at least.

What do ya'll think?
You would need about 15 million more people to get like So Cal.
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Old 02-02-2010, 08:14 PM
 
Location: Sinking in the Great Salt Lake
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You would need about 15 million more people to get like So Cal.
and a beach.

But we also are crammed into a much smaller area than SoCal.
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Old 02-02-2010, 08:23 PM
 
Location: Sinking in the Great Salt Lake
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So if I decide to come out to join you fine folks it'll be a million and one?

Foregoing recruiting any family and/or friends of course...

Two thirds being children of curent residents is certainly a vote of confidence for the area. But the valley had better get a "Green" program going now, imagine the inversion, ski lift lines, trampled hiking trails, over fished waters, etc. if they don't.
You might wanna consider going on to Oregon. There's nothing to see here, move along...

But yea, it's already like that. I don't even go hiking in the Wasatch Mountains much anymore because you are likely to run into more people (and trash) on the trail than in a city park. Luckily I know of some good open spaces more or less nearby that are still undiscovered, at least for now.

I was wishing I had a fire department issue mask and O2 tank to walk down the street during this winter's inversions too. I am not looking forward to the results of throwing another million people into the mix.
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