Elliot says he can feel the city's night life gaining momentum. The University of Utah graduate frequents the Ninth and Ninth district, uses the nonprofit bike-share program and is a fan of Thursdays' Twilight Concert Series. Among his favorite hangouts: the newly opened Beer Bar, at 161 E. 200 South, adjacent to an emerging art district being referred to as the Edison Quarter.
"It's been a pretty cool place to meet everyone," Elliott says.
He has a car and finds TRAX too expensive to use on a daily basis. And though he's contemplating buying a home, the Salt Lake City native, whose father hails from England and mother is Utah-born, has other financial priorities and prefers the freedom that renting brings. It leaves more time for his pastimes: rock climbing, snowboarding, video gaming and archery-bow making.
"I'd have all the added responsibilities, which I'm just not into at the moment," Elliot says of taking on a home mortgage and maintenance. "I've got other things to worry about right now."