My name is Jim Dalrymple and I write About Town. This blog focuses on cities along Utah’s Wasatch Front. Topics here include urban design, economics, and anything else that seems relevant. However, I’m not an expert; I’m just a guy who reads a lot and thinks cities are both viscerally pleasurable and intellectually stimulating.
By way of background, I have an MA in English from BYU, which I earned by studying rhetoric, landscape and the American West. After earning my degree, I worked as a reporter for two years at the Daily Herald. In December 2012, I accepted a position with the Salt Lake Tribune. I currently cover polygamy, some court issues, breaking news and other topics.
I should mention that this blog is in no way affiliated with my day job and all opinions are my own. I also do not cover topics on this blog that I cover at the newspaper.
I currently live in downtown Salt Lake in a building designed by Allen Millo. It’s a good place to be, as is much of the Wasatch Front generally.
Finally, this blog is a way for me to think critically about cities and my ideas often change. Case in point: while writing Provocation my ideas evolved considerably and on some topics did a complete 180. That is particularly prone to happen when intelligent people leave great comments or otherwise get in touch.
So please challenge these ideas and lets have a critical discussion. But also please remember that I like Utah, Provo and Salt Lake City. If you’re operating from the assumption that these places suck, we may have irreconcilable differences.
If you need to get in touch, I can be reached at james.dalrymple52 at gmail.com.