Two Salt Lakers pick up Building Salt Lake coverage of the Wasatch Front

You may have noticed that, after a short hibernation, Building Salt Lake has reported a bunch of fresh stories in the past month.

Building Salt Lake is pleased to announce that two active Salt Lakers, Luke Garrott and Taylor Anderson, will be picking up the site where its founder left off.

Like BSL’s great originator, Isaac Riddle, we will provide fine-grained coverage of development, land-use, and transportation news at a level unparalleled in the region. Isaac’s coverage of urban Utah deserves to be continued.

After meeting each other on Broadway in downtown Salt Lake City, we discovered we shared a vision for smart growth.

We agreed that local government, development, and sustainability can progress together. Our passion for quality public transit and vibrant urban neighborhoods will guide our attempts to watchdog commercial and public investments in the region.

Luke is a professor and former two-term city councilman who lives downtown. Taylor covered state government at The Salt Lake Tribune until leaving the paper in August 2018. He lives in the city’s Liberty Wells neighborhood near Ballpark. We both grew up, strangely, in the same northern suburb of Chicago.

In Isaac’s final post on Building Salt Lake, he wrote that the site helps “To bridge the communication gaps between residents, policy leaders and local developers.”

That will still be the case.

Please bear with us as we get up to speed mechanically. Reach out to us with any questions, feedback, or tips on things to write about. Tell your friends, neighbors, and co-workers about the site. We’re already getting feedback from readers with news from their neighborhoods.

Together we make this a better place. Thank you.

Luke Garrott and Taylor Anderson

Operating Partners, Building Salt Lake

Posted by Taylor Anderson

Taylor Anderson grew up near Chicago and made his way West to study journalism at the University of Montana. He's been a staff writer for the Chicago Tribune, Bend Bulletin and Salt Lake Tribune. A move from Portland, Oregon, to Salt Lake City opened his eyes to the importance of good urban design for building strong neighborhoods. He lives on the border of the Liberty Wells and Ballpark neighborhoods.