Bursting at the Seams

December 14, 2022 (City Weekly)

OK, OK, we get it. Utah is growing, and it’s not just because of the babies. Utah now counts more than 3.4 million residents—61,000 more just in the past year, according to a report from the Kem C. Gardner Institute. Utah and the rest of the nation have seen housing costs soar and people being displaced as development takes place amid a desperation that defies good planning. So, it’s good news that elected officials and policy experts are launching a $1 million campaign to “gauge people’s feelings,” The Salt Lake Tribune reports. It’s pretty obvious that residents are souring on growth because it’s not doing anything great for them. Rural communities worry about unfettered tourism while urban areas see water, housing and traffic as the major issues. Also, the Utah Foundation released a video describing a decline in personal quality of life. Utahns will now have the opportunity to tell policymakers where to focus—if they pay attention. “Sometimes, we have to adjust our current way of thinking and living in order to reach a desired future outcome,” Envision Utah warns. How we have to adjust depends on you and your answers.

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