Carbon County has always been an area that never gave much credence to the laws of the land or the norms of the day. Its newest residents honor this heritage.
Most urban dwellers are all too familiar with the bittersweet impact artists have had in rehabilitating downtown areas all over the United States. The story usually goes like this: buildings become boarded up and abandoned. Buildings start falling down. City leaders become desperate over the blight. In need of cheap rent and a big space to work, starving artists offer to improve buildings or buy for cheap. The artists create cool spaces. Culture and renewed life flow into formerly blighted areas, and within a few years, yuppies are buying the newly renovated “loft apartments” which then causes property values to surge. Then artists move on or sell out and let the yuppies have their old places. So it has gone in Salt Lake City, Sugar House, Park City, and cities all over the Western United States.