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Salt Lake City was a model of urban planning from the start

From the very beginning, Salt Lake City was a planned city. One of the first things the Mormon settlers did was to lay out the gridwork of a town.

In 1855, Jules Remy, a visitor to the city, gave this description:

"We entered it by one of the principal streets and saw to the right and left gardens and orchards, in which the trees, especially the peach, were laden with fruit … All the streets are 130 feet wide and run from north to south and from east to west … The streets cross each other at right angles, forming squares of houses, or blocks … The majority of the houses are built of adobes, generally in a simple style, frequently elegant and always clean."

Commercial development was less planned, with residences mixed in with early shops until a business district eventually arose at the center of town.

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