Urban Utah Stories, by Babs De Lay, Broker

Urban Utah Stories, by Babs De Lay, Broker

 

St. Jennie

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2014 It may be hard to believe that the area surrounding most of the homeless shelters and The Road Home used to be even sketchier than it is now. The drugs, drinking, homelessness and crime that haunts the non-profit oasis has been established there since Salt Lake City became a town. The 'Red Dirt District' on 200 South just south of 'Greek Town' between 400-600 West was the locale of the largest and most successful houses of prostitution operated during the 1800's into the early 20th Century. There were cheap bars that offered beverages to the railroaders and miners, opium…

Poopy Problems

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2014 Recently Salt Lake City had its own version of Old Faithful when a 48-ince water main broke on Foothill Boulevard just south of the University of Utah. Millions of gallons of precious water flooded homes and a Montessori School (the old Jewish Community Center) located just west of the break. Officials say that the geyser was created because of a flaw in the pipe's connector and Salt Lake City Public Utilities (801.483.6700) is taking claims from anyone who has property that may have been damaged. We've all been getting news stories in the past year that the infrastructure of…

Carriage Days

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2014 This holiday season you won't be seeing horse drawn carriages in downtown Salt Lake City. The only company providing rides to paying customers has quietly closed-to the cheers of PETA supporters. You might recall the sad pictures in the press during the summer of 2013 when Jerry, the dapple gray horse belonging to 'Carriage for Hire' collapsed on the road during a brutally hot 97 degree August day. The poor animal was so weak that he couldn't get up and his owners had to come lift him with ropes and drag him onto a trailer and take him away.…

Harvest Days

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2014 Have you ever read a listing for a house for sale or an apartment for rent that advertised one of the added benefits to the property as the 'fruit trees' in the back yard? From the Mormon Primary songbook: "I looked out the window, and what did I see? Popcorn popping on the apricot tree!Spring had brought me such a nice surprise, Blossoms popping right before my eyes.I could take an armful and make a treat, a popcorn ball that would smell so sweet.It wasn't really so, but it seemed to be, Popcorn popping on the apricot tree." If…