Urban Utah Stories, by Babs De Lay, Broker

Urban Utah Stories, by Babs De Lay, Broker

 

FREE BUSES & TRAINS

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2015 Random phone call this week: “Hi, Babs, I’m from Kiplinger Magazine in Washington and I’m doing a story on senior citizens.” “Cheesh, I’m not that old,” I said to myself. Long story short, the reporter was investigating where the best cities were to retire to and she wanted to know about Salt Lake City. Here’s what I know and what I told her: 1)   If you’re on a fixed and or low income, there’s a huge waiting list to get into any housing. The high-rise senior apartment buildings built decades ago (200 West and 200 East for example) aren’t…

SENIOR HOUSING

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2015 Random phone call this week: “Hi, I’m from Kiplinger Magazine in Washington and I’m doing a story on senior citizens.” “Cheesh, I’m not that old,” I said to myself. Long story short, the reporter was investigating where the best cities were to retire to and she wanted to know about Salt Lake City. Here’s what I know and what I told her: 1)   If you’re on a fixed and or low income, there’s a huge waiting list to get into any housing. The high-rise senior apartment buildings built decades ago (200 West and 200 East for example) aren’t in…

Hooker's in SLC?

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2015 We live in the ‘red dirt’ district of downtown SLC. Before paved roads, there was packed red dirt on 200 South on the west side by the Gateway. When men went down to visit the shady ladies of the whore houses in this area of Greek Town, they’d get the red dirt in the cuffs of their pants. If they were married men, their wives would know exactly where they had been and there would be big trouble.        Sex workers have been in this state since the first brothels were established down by Camp Floyd, a short-lived U.S.…

Hair Museum!

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2015 Salt Lake City proper doesn’t have many museums but the few we do have are pretty great. There’s the fabulous Natural History Museum by Red Butte Garden at the University of Utah, the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (UMOCA), the Utah Museum of Fine Arts and the LDS Church History Museum (closed for updating). You may have been to most of those swell buildings and seen the collections and displays, but I’ll bet you a buck you’ve never been to the Pioneer HAIR Museum. I’m the only person that calls the Pioneer Memorial Museum at 300 N. Main Street…