Farewell to the Maple­ton Barn

Serve Daily - - EMPOWERING LIBERTY - Liz Soren­son Springville


Rest in peace old barn. You will be re­mem­bered in many a fam­ily photo lean­ing above fire­places and hang­ing above couches across south­ern Utah Val­ley. The Maple­ton Barn is (soon to be) the new­est in a long line of ca­su­al­ties to progress.

We all know that progress is in­evitable, but shouldn’t progress be good? I say it is a ca­su­alty of progress, but let’s be hon­est, it’s re­ally a ca­su­alty of greed. Be­cause greed is what is fu­el­ing the speedy march of sub­ur­ban de­vel­op­ments with their soul-suck­ingly an­drog­y­nous houses on their .10-acre lots and white plas­tic fences all across our beau­ti­ful val­ley.

I know what you’re think­ing. Utah County has a boom­ing econ­omy. That means growth and busi­ness and more money for ev­ery­body. Win/win, right? Why be­grudge Grandma her re­tire­ment? She’s go­ing to sell that prime cor­ner lot for half a mil­lion dol­lars, the devel­oper is go­ing to pack as many houses on it as he is al­lowed to, and they will both come out of it the richer, leav­ing the rest of the com­mu­nity poorer.

There’s got to be another way, Utah. We are so care­ful to pre­serve our parks and our pris­tine wilder­ness but are ne­glect­ing our own neigh­bor­hoods. Leave us some breath­ing space. Why not a com­mu­nity park or a com­mu­nity gar­den or some kind of his­tor­i­cal site? Why not a na­ture trail con­nect­ing to the river bot­toms there? A jog­ging path? Any­thing but high-den­sity hous­ing ob­scur­ing our skyline and our open space.

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