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Sunnyside Avenue

Photo of Sunynside Avenue in Salt Lake City by Heather Armstrong for

Utah is known for the way it’s American settlers used a grid system to build communities. Most major streets run very north-south and east-west. Salt Lake City’s grid starts at the southeast corner of Temple Square, and everything is numbered out from there. Someone from London would probably look at a map of the city and think, well that’s bloody boring.

Certain streets are given nicknames. 100 East is State Street. A certain stretch of 1300 East veers a little to the east and is called Highland Drive. 800 South takes a few turns and becomes Sunnyside Avenue, seen here in the few miles before it heads straight up Emigration Canyon.

It all makes perfect sense once you’ve lived here for a bit, and now that I’ve been spoiled with such an intuitive system it blows my mind that when I was learning how to drive I didn’t have the Internet to tell me how to get to Poplar Ave in Midtown Memphis. I had a map made out of paper! That folded up in my glove box! And I liked it!

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Heather B. Armstrong

Hi. I’m Heather B. Armstrong, and this used to be called mommy blogging. But then they started calling it Influencer Marketing: hashtag ad, hashtag sponsored, hashtag you know you want me to slap your product on my kid and exploit her for millions and millions of dollars. That’s how this shit works. Now? Well… sit back, buckle up, and enjoy the ride.

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