California and Back Again
So it's been a little over a week and I'm back! being able to commit and write two blog post within the same month is a big improvement for me.
Last week I took a little trip to Los Angeles (where I got engaged, I'll save that for another post) and wow I am always so amazed at how inspiring it is in that city. I think LA gets a bad rap for its more obvious shortcomings *cough* Traffic *cough* but something about all of the new businesses and buildings and concepts just really jazz me up. There's so much liveliness and competition that it forces some really cool innovation from people who have no option but to keep moving forward instead of getting comfortable where they are.
The architecture and design can be so varied but still so cool, from the ultra modern to the bohemian and industrial stuff it's all interesting to look at. Los Angeles can be so unattractive in that a lot of buildings are dirty or run down but within that grunge, if you really look there are some truly spectacular things to behold. It really makes you realize all the things that Utah is missing out on. Where are all these creators? And don't get me wrong, Utah has an amazing group of creative people but I think that the abundance of space doesn't force people into making something truly unique with the character of what is already there. We also suffer from too many people trying to do the same thing, ie. new restaurant, or bar or retail experience, but in everyone pursuing the same things you end up with a lot of sameness.
I think it will be so amazing to see what Salt Lake can produce in the next 5 years with this mass influx of people who are migrating into Utah from various different places around the country. I think the city has come far but is starting to get in that comfort state, and that is innovation death. So keep moving forward and pushing through that next boundary and make something cooler than what it was.
I know I rant a lot, but I feel so passionately for this city and really want it to be its best, so I'll stop talking and you can enjoy some photos I took in LA!