Building Zion: The Latter-day Saint Legacy of Urban Planning

As with the founding of Plymouth Colony, distinctive historical circumstances and theological beliefs converged to motivate early Latter-day Saint community builders. While the historic roots of Salt Lake City are well known to virtually every grade school student in Utah and to Church members around the world, aspects of our remarkable legacy of urban and transportation planning remain obscure. The physical design and community values underlying early attempts to build Zion provide useful perspective and inspiration at today’s community leaders now grapple with managing urban growth along Utah’s Wasatch Front (from Brigham City to Nephi and Grantsville to Kamas) and elsewhere.

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