Paving paradise

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Re "Urban designers in Salt Lake City praise innovations of the 'Mormon Grid'" (Tribune, June 5):

Urbanist Andres Duany is certainly correct about Salt Lake City's streets being too wide, except for the major thoroughfares, like 700 East and State Street.

It would be great to see the city's concrete and asphalt jungle humanized by narrowing most streets and providing green spaces in the middle or on a side that could be used for gardens and shady urban parks. With some imagination, Salt Lake could become a city with real personality.

Right now, the city's reuse of excess street footage is to turn the center medians into parking lots. Boy, that really makes the city inviting and beautiful.

Quit paving parking lots; start creating paradise.

Bart McGuire

Salt Lake City