It's often difficult to grasp a theory, particularly when it involves a collision between urban planning and an emerging philosophy of living.
The argument: Surveys have found that the upcoming generation is eschewing the suburbs-automobiles-sprawl lifestyle in favor of walkable, bikable, sustainable local-oriented urban communities that offer not only a mix of amenities, but a mix diversity of incomes and backgrounds. If it's a little gritty, so much the better.
A so-called New Urbanism movement has grown to meet their yearnings, but it can be hard for anyone but true believers to understand what it's about.
But now, thanks to SLC's Granary District's online cloud of supporters and a couple of local New Urbanism rainmakers, you can see what the heck they're talking about. It's called Granary Row and it fills 700 South between 300 West and 400 West.
As you can see from the photos, they've thrown up a sort of dress rehearsal for what the entire Granary District (a light-medium industrial area roughly south of Gateway Center bordered on the west by I-15). It offers a performance stage, a beer garden and office space (some still up for rent)—all in recycled cargo containers.
You've got to see it—and feel the energy--to understand.
Granary Row, 700 South at 300 West.