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Hits & Misses



HIT: People’s Market
Farmers Market is wonderful, but the food is gone the next day. Then it’s a whole week before city dwellers get a tasty tomato again. That’s one reason the new People’s Market in Jordan Park is such a welcome addition. Salt Lake City’s second farmers market'a true community project that began as a neighborhood yard sale'runs Sundays through October at the Peace Gardens. The other plus to the People’s Market is that it should get more people to discover the city’s increasing west-side attractions. Local First Utah recently ended its “independents’ week” campaign at the market to encourage east-siders to cross the tracks. Hopefully, the market will retain its grass roots under the coming crush of tomato-mad hordes from the wine-and-cheese set.

MISS: Lawn Law
They put a high value on a nice lawn in Orem, as 70-year-old Betty Perry found out to her peril. When an officer knocked on her door to discuss her “sadly neglected” landscape, Perry, who can’t afford to water her lawn, allegedly refused to identify herself or accept a citation for the offense and was arrested when she turned inside to telephone her son. She claimed the officer bloodied her nose by hitting her with handcuffs he was trying to put on. Police say the woman tripped. Either way, Perry was treated for elbow, knee and leg scrapes. A bigger black eye may come to Orem as the story was picked up by news outlets in England, South Africa, Turkey and Australia.

HIT: Vision Dixie
A yearlong series of meetings wrapping up in St. George hopes to sketch a future for the fastest growing area in the United States before it’s too late. The preliminary results of Vision Dixie are encouraging. Most participants want to stop sprawl development in favor of high-density urban centers, protected vistas and land set aside for recreation. Of course, they already have their place in the sun. The vision will be hard to sell to hundreds of thousands of retiring baby boomers expected to flock to the area. Some residents have begun questioning the assumption St. George needs to make room for them, since the best planning won’t find water in the desert to keep aging boomers alive in 118-degree temperatures.