The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of the Last Two Weeks

I’m back from my travels and trying to catch up with quite a few new things that happened while I was gone. One of the bigger developments in the city was the public unveiling of the new branding, which Mayor Curtis goes over in this post.

In other news, Provo was ranked the number one city for successful aging, the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce got new leadership, and Downtown Provo Inc. sought additional support.

In addition, the LDS Church’s new building on 9th East opened. According to that article, the building includes some interesting innovations, such as xeriscaping. However, the building is otherwise fairly discouraging; it’s surrounded by a massive parking lot — despite sitting within walking distance of most of the BYU students who will use it — and is supposed to be “relevant for the next 40 years.”

So that’s essentially a disposable building. Like so many structures in the area, the “relatively inexpensive” church building isn’t meant to last and will essentially require a reinvestment of funds each generation. In the end, I wish developers would go talk to Steve Mouzon of Original Green about why it’s important to build more durable structures. The upside, however, is that the building’s many shortcomings — the sea of asphalt, for example, or its general blandness — won’t necessarily be permanent parts of the community.

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