The U.S. city of Salt Lake City, Utah, has a Chinatown (Chinese: 盐湖城唐人街; pinyin: yán hú chéng táng rén jiē) that is located in South Salt Lake that was completed in 2012 according to the official website. According to the Deseret News, ground breaking on the new Chinatown occurred in 2011 for a Chinese-themed shopping mall with a "... 27,000 square foot Asian grocery store, 65,000 square foot indoor mall including 38 Asian-themed shops and 12,000 square feet Asian-themed strip mall". Margaret Yee, a 1962 graduate said that "... 10,000-plus Chinese nationals living in the area have wanted [a Chinatown] for a long time...." By late 2012, the Chinatown has experienced an upsurge of Chinese immigrants and the businesses are now filling up the Chinatown.
Men lounging outside saloon & Chinese laundry, Salt Lake City, 1910
Historically, the city of Salt Lake City, Utah had a Chinese population that worked in the mining camps and the transcontinental railroad. The first Chinese peoples came in the 1860s and had formed a historical Chinatown in a section called "Plum Alley" on Second South Street which lasted until 1952. The area had a network of laundromats, restaurants and oriental specialty shops. While most residents kept within their micro-community, the residents did take part in some local Salt Lake City traditions. According to the tourist sign located at the former Chinatown, the Salt Lake City's New Year's Day Parade featured a "200 foot long Chinese dragon." According to KUED TV, Plum Alley was eventually razed "... and was replaced by Regent Street Parking Terrace". According to KUED, around 1,800 Chinese lived here with "... a network of laundries, restaurants, Oriental specialty shops..." and "... gambling joints, providing the social outlet for many of the lonely residents..." who were bachelors. A new Chinatown was to be opened in at 3390 S. State Stin South Salt Lake in late 2012, according to the developer's website.