Former SLC Mayor calls inland port a disaster

We couldn’t agree more with former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson when it comes to the inland port. He recently sat down with the Salt Lake Tribune to discuss the port and plans for northwest quadrant and expressed his disdain and frustration with the direction it’s headed. 

“This is such a horrible idea on so many levels. For a democracy to work, people need to know what their government is doing. And right now, I don’t think most people have any idea about who is bound to benefit from the inland port or what it’s going to do to Salt Lake City. How many people in the Avenues know their view of the Salt Lake Valley is going to look like a big industrial park or worse? Let alone the people in those [west-side] neighborhoods. It’s only after it’s done that people say, too often, “How did all this happen?” Anderson said of the port. 

He also shares our frustration with the Legislature taking control over nearly a quarter of the city’s landmass, using local property taxes to pay for it, and shutting out local representation. “How is that not a — I know this is going to sound like an overstatement — but how is that not a sort of totalitarianism?” 

The former Mayor’s vision for the northwest quadrant is likely what most of us would prefer. He talks about quiet neighborhoods, lawns, gardens, and less traffic. His vision sounds like the ‘slow streets’ of Vancouver described in a Salt Lake Tribune article as a possibility for greening up Salt Lake. Instead, the inland port is bringing us noisy rail lines, increased traffic, giant warehouses, and horrendous air pollution. This is without a doubt an environmental justice issue for residents on the Northwest side, subjected to increased pollution and decreased quality of life. 

Air pollution isn’t the port’s only attack on quality of life in Salt Lake. Residents are subjected to noisy and unsightly rail yards and warehouses.

UPHE, and our partners on the Stop the Polluting Port Coalition have been expressing these same concerns since the conception of the port. With the increased diesel emissions and traffic from the port, Salt Lake residents need to be concerned about the health impacts of increased air pollution the port brings. 

Find the full interview here.

Read more about the inland port.

At only half of its potential development north of I-80, the port will generate 11,600 new truck trips, as well as 23,000 additional car trips, every day