Resolutions for 2020: SLC, please.

It’s 2020, and we’re all over those New Years’ resolutions. You know, the “be better” list: eat less sugar, drop social media, join a gym, no boyfriends… What else could be better? We want our city to listen up and get better too. Welcoming in a new Mayor, 20/20 vision also means seeing things with more clarity. And why not add a few resolutions for our very own SALT LAKE CITY? We may not be perfect, but we continue to dream better for our city.

Free Public Transportation

That’s right, no fares, period. While the UTA does offer free passage inside a finite downtown area known as the “FREE FARE ZONE” and a FAREPAY system is a start, not having to deal with fares at all would be ideal. With Utah’s population boom and our number of AQI (Air Quality Index) action days which boast air pollution levels unhealthy to everyone, why is this even debatable?

Bag the Plastic. 

The list is at three. Park City, Moab and Logan have adopted a plastic bag ban. Being Utah’s big city, the big question is if SLC will join them?

Local Culture vs. Imported Culture

From theatre to dining, we lost some good ones this year (Aristo’s, The Paris, Sea Salt), can we lean a little more to locally-made and locally-owned?

What shall we eat for dinner tonight? The possibilities have shrunk around Salt Lake. BOO! We want more than just another burger joint or pasta tossed around in a cheese wheel. Don’t we?

SLC, yes, we need to see more stuff like this!!

While writing a post about elotes, my mind was blown reading about a menu item at Antojitos Lokos in South Salt Lake called takislokos (yes, those brightly red-colored rolled TAKIS tortilla chips). A TAKIS bag is cut lengthwise and filled with cukes, jicama, Japanese peanuts, pork rinds and hot sauce.

More room for more bikes and pedestrians. 

Sure sure, we’re making progress, but this is right in step to improve our air quality. Let’s make public health and wellness a priority for SLC too.

Support our local publications (we’re kinda partial to print). 

We don’t care who you support but stay informed, big issues (i.e. inland port) will impact our future (and the Great Salt Lake), so read and support local journalists.

What about gardens?

According to Forbes, Utah ranks among the fastest-growing in the Nation, yikes. Along with housing and urban development, we hope that community gardens (Wasatch Community Gardens just turned 30), parks and creating green spaces (including your very own) will become an equally high priority for SLC.


Getting out of our comfort zones is another ambitious resolution for our city. Let this encourage you. Along with supporting local, seek out the organizations that are doing that and doing good at the same time.

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Jen Hill
Jen Hill
Former Salt Lake Magazine Associate Editor Jen Hill is a SLC transplant from Bloomington, Ind. As a blogger and feature writer, Jen follows the pulse of the community with interests in urban agriculture, business, fitness & beauty and anything that allows her to get out of the office and into the mountains.

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