Farewell to the Mapleton Barn
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.