The idea of visiting a place where the liquor laws are archaic, the resistance to change is constant and the people are downright unfriendly,
Gonna agree with you on 2 outta three here. Liquor laws, yes, but that hardly affects me because I don't drink. Resistance to change: Bingo. But if you want to see REAL resistance, mosy on up to southeastern idaho, just north of SLC
. That's the actual area I live in. Ultra-conservative areas that haven't changed much or even regressed over the last 30 years. In my hometown the resistance to change is so great that when large employers from california, for example, come here offering to build stores, create jobs and possibly grow the population and job market in the city, they're often turned away. Big, big amounts of business have been shown the door here. Why? The city council doesn't want the city growing larger and thereby requiring more medical/first responder facilities, upkeep of city service, etc. They want the city kept small, and so it stays.
Back in the 1970s this area was one of the fastest growing in the nation, and well headed towards becoming the "northern population center" of Salt Lake City. you see, orbiting Salt Lake are two major population centers...Ogden to the north, Provo to the south. Had our growth trend from the 70s continued, Pocatello would have been the northern population center, despite being in another state. Our economy directly affects cities like McCammon, Inkom, even Malad, it would have trickled down. We even had real airliners serving the airport in those days.
A new major and city council squashed that...and southeastern idaho slipped into recession, regression...and here we sit today, much a shadow of what used to be.
Salt Lake is far more liberal...far more open to change, but still far more conservative than many big cities. There's not much of a night life in Salt Lake. And you know what? The majority like it that way, including me. I like the conservatism in Salt Lake and am glad that it doesn't remind me of Los Angeles.
But unfriendly? If you want unfriendly bub, Los Angeles is the ticket. I like going to LA
, but it's a sigh of relief when I get back to SLC
with friendly people that you can actually smile at and not worry about it. You can't even look at people in Los Angeles, can't smile at a stranger. In Salt Lake, you can. This is a friendly area...I don't know what part of the area you lived in, maybe you were in West Valley, or you just had a bad experience, but I've been in this area my whole life and it's not like you're portraying it. Salt Lake strives to be as "clean" as it can...and that means fewer clubs, bars, tobacco stores, etc. Some of us like it that way.