Urban Utah Stories, by Babs De Lay, Broker

Urban Utah Stories, by Babs De Lay, Broker

 

#1 Place to Grow OLD!

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To practice your Utah accent, repeat after me: “Lard, Darris, wat a gar jus arng farmal ur wear un!” (Lord, Doris, what a gorgeous orange formal you’re wearing!). Good job!  Sister Dottie S. Dixon would be proud. Guess what?  Utahr is sa speshul that we’re now the bestest playce ta git old!         Call your folks, grab your grandmother’s dentures and your grandaddy’s reeking old Skechers and have them make Utah the last eternal place to live because Caring.com just voted us the best state in which to grow old. This data collector found that the elderly in our state…

TERROR IS FUN!

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I love history. I don’t know why, I just do. I especially love the history of places, of homes and buildings. In my college years I would wander down a virtually dead downtown on a Sunday photographing old buildings. I’d explore the Avenues and stop in front of hundred year old homes and go back to the college library and read about architectural styles. My father graduated as an architect and even studied under Frank Lloyd Wright for a bit, but ended up moving us to Arizona where he became a cattle rancher and put down his drawings in favor…

Home/Condo Price Update!

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Wasatch Front home prices in this year’s second quarter climbed to their highest point ever. The median Wasatch Front home price reached $300,000, up from $275,000 a year ago. In Salt Lake County, the median single-family home price was $327,000, a 10 percent increase from last year. The top five most expensive housing areas by ZIP code in the second quarter were: 1. Emigration Canyon (84108) $561,000, up 19.4% 2. The Avenues (84103) $502,000, up 2.7% 3. Eden (84310) $501,000, up 24.5% 4. Alpine (84004) $497,000, up 5.9% 5. Draper (84020) $482,250, up 8.0%                 Competition is fierce for homes…

Utah's Bad Drivers

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I wonder if Donald Trump drives anything but a golf cart. I’ve never seen a photo of him behind the wheel of an automobile, but then I don’t remember seeing any presidents in my life time driving and waving at a camera. The first U.S. president to ride in a car was William McKinley, who hopped aboard a steam powered auto called a ‘Stanley Steamer’ in 1899.  Automobiles were first made by hand and not on assembly lines and so they cost a ton of money to buy one. It’s reported in the annals of Utah state history that in…