Please Don’t Kick the Piano

Mormon pioneers planned Salt Lake to be a city of wide streets, comfortable homes, and flourishing vegetation watered by streams flowing down the sides of the roads. As population increased by nearly 100,000 people between 1890 and 1930, the city’s amenities and services were severely taxed. City management was assisted by civic groups of men and women who crossed political and religious lines to create parks, pave streets, and eradicate pests. Improving air quality proved to be nearly insurmountable because of the costs involved. The experience of these leaders is a lesson in setting aside differences to strive for common goals.

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