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Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: SLC, Utah
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I live not too far from you, donkiluminate, and used to make the commute downtown. Here's what I'd do: Assuming you're starting at 45th and 13th, go West on 45th to 11th East, then North on 11th East through 39th and 33rd South. Keep going north on 11th East up a small hill, then take the first left (there's an old house on the corner on your left). Down the hill, right at the "T" onto 10th East, then go north to Elgin (just before the "Dead End" sign), left onto Elgin to 9th East. North on 9th East (it's busy, but only two lanes so there's usually enough room). Go under I-80 but take the first left onto Ashton, immediately after you go under the freeway. Go west to 8th East, then you can go north as far as you want on 8th East. I used to go West on 8th South to 3rd East then north.
Sorry, this is a pretty lengthy, circuitous description and might not be your cup of tea, but it's the best route I found, mostly because it keeps you off the busy streets and 8th East in the morning is pretty pleasant. The worst part is trying to get across 21st South, since there's no light at 21st and 8th East, and sometimes 17th South could take a minute. Hope the commute works well for you.