An Extant Asset
I was landing on a wonderfully clear evening into Salt Lake City International Airport when out of my window I saw the signature of something in which I’ve always taken a keen interest. There was a large, brightly lit moat of asphalt surrounding a sprawling monolith with splashes of reds and blues highlighting the exterior walls. There were clearly connected buildings of different heights and architecture at each end with another in the middle. This was my first Utah shopping mall.
I found out later that this was Valley Fair Mall in West Valley City, Utah, a southern suburb in the great western metropolis of Salt Lake City. On my next trip to this gorgeous destination, I boarded the Salt Lake City light rail’s Green Line and took it all the way to the southern end. There, just across 2700W from the West Valley Central Station, was what I had only previously seen from a couple thousand feet up.