There is a little-noted crossroads point in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City. A small corner of our urban landscape, it has shaped the lives of virtually every resident of Utah for more than one hundred years. In the process it has helped forge the very definition of what it means to be an American.
For some Utahns, inversion season is simply annoying. It means eye-and-throat irritation and a less-than-picturesque view. For others the pollution is a serious threat that exacerbates existing health problems and makes Salt Lake City virtually unlivable in winter.