Summarized by Eric Bunker
'Sterile'Mormon city rated paradise to live in
London UK Times 8Nov99 D6
By Damian Whitworth in Salt Lake City
Every two years, the "Places Rated Almanac" looks at more than 350 cities
and compares the cost of living, employment levels, transport, health
services, crime levels, arts and recreation, and climate. Salt Lake City
did not come out on top in any single category, but was in the top half in
all categories, except cost of living, thus giving it the top ranking.
Washington, D. C., even with all its inner-city problems, was ranked second
and Seattle WA third.
The Almanac's findings usually sets of a round of preening from the mayors
of winning cities and huffing and puffing from the losers. However, this
year when Salt Lake City metro area appeared from nowhere to take the top
spot, it set of a additional round of huffing and puffing from some of the
flabbergasted in the news media.
A Salt Lake City area author reporting to the London, UK Times called Salt
Lake City "Sterile" and wondered why anyone would live there unless they
were Mormon. He supported his claims by saying that young people
flee the city for the National Parks and noting the exploits of the
violent "Straight Edge" street gangs in Salt Lake City.