AirBnB opponents in Cedar City miss the mark

There’s no politics like local politics. After an incident in which a tour bus was parked overnight in a residential neighborhood for a swim team renting a house on AirBnB, the residents of the area started a push to try and ban all nightly rentals in R1 zones. The planning commission rejected the proposal 5-1 last week, but the city council chose to hear more from both sides of the issue at last night’s council meeting. Opponents, however, failed to make a particularly cogent case for a full ban. The…

Cedar City’s Recycling Conundrum Mirrors Other Small Cities

One of the things I miss the most from living in a larger urban area is curbside recycling. Salt Lake County has a pretty great system. You get two full-sized bins at no extra charge (though you have to ask for the second one), there’s no presort requirement, they take everything but glass, and they get picked up weekly on the same day as your trash. We’d often fill up both bins before our trash was half full. (Full disclosure: we’re kind of Amazon junkies, so most of our load…

I love the Wasatch Front, but I have to leave it

I love the Salt Lake City area. When my wife and I got married, we were living in different cities, Sacramento and Las Vegas, respectively. We decided to relocate to Salt Lake City to enjoy the beautiful scenery, the vibrant community, and the number of friends and family we had in the area. Over nine years later, I still love it, but I have to leave it.