Letter: In reality, West Valley City is pretty glamorous — no plastic surgery required

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Concertgoers enjoy a show at the USANA Amphitheater, Saturday, June 29, 2019.

Somehow a lawn care company passes idle winter time ranking cities in categories. Local media found one ranking amusing. The claim was that of the 200 biggest U.S. cities, West Valley is least glamorous. They used indicators like the quantity of boarding schools, million-dollar homes, plastic surgeons, yacht clubs, heliports and Michelin restaurants.

West Valley residents weren’t amused. Many metrics are subjective. You’re unlikely to find yacht clubs, but mountain west cities would have fewer than oceanside ones. While the Michelin Man hasn’t rolled into Utah much, you won’t go hungry here. We have Curry Pizza and Crown Burger of Food Network fame, and cuisines from around the world. We also have the basics like Olive Garden and Chili’s. If you truly seek “fine dining,” drop by Elements at 35th.

We have many medical centers and a community informed hospital in the works. Schools are numerous – from Early Head Start and Montessori Preschools to a SLCC campus.

For entertainment, West Valley shines compared to neighboring cities. Maverik Center has concerts and the Utah Grizzlies. USANA Amphitheater provides a stage for world class musicians. There are multiple theaters, including IMAX-Megaplex and Redwood Drive-In, which doubles as a swap meet. There are year-round events at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center, and bowling at Delton Lanes or Pins & Ales - All Star center.

There’s West Valley Performing Arts Center, and an impressive theater at Granger High. We have abundant parks and fitness options, an ice rink, pickleball and two golf courses. You can eat at Coppercreek Pub and dance at The Westerner. Adults can tour Waterpocket Distillery or Distillery 36.

Homebodies can visit Western Gardens to create an oasis, drop by our libraries for quiet entertainment, or plan a project at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby.

Overall, it’s pretty glamorous to us. No plastic surgery required.

Jewel Morgan, Taylorsville

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