About Building Salt Lake

Bringing the news since 2014

Building Salt Lake was founded in 2014 to cover urban real estate development in the Salt Lake City region. We are locally owned, independent media. None of our sponsors or advertisers have a say in our coverage.

Our mission is to provide facts-first, values-based, original reporting. We value smart growth, good urban design and preserving and enhancing Salt Lake’s urban spaces.

Building Salt Lake is a nationally recognized Top-100 Urban Planning Blog as well as a City Weekly 2021 “Best of Utah” selection in Media & Politics.

Luke & Taylor’s story

Luke Garrott and Taylor Anderson, BSL’s Editors and Operating Partners, grew up in the same neighborhood, same town and graduated from the same high school outside Chicago.

We didn’t know that until meeting in Salt Lake City. We do have our differences — Luke plays soccer, Taylor, hockey. Building Salt Lake reflects our deep mutual commitment to urbanism and public-interest journalism.

None of this could have happened without our predecessor, Isaac Riddle. He, virtually alone, imagined, designed, and wrote Building Salt Lake into existence. By the time he had to move “back East” and give up the site, Isaac had not only posted over 800 articles, but built an audience for development news here in SLC. We give everlasting thanks to him.