Reaching for Air2022-2023

Salt Lake ranked 12th on a list of the 25 U.S. counties most polluted by ozone. But no other place in Utah compares to the west side of Salt Lake City, where the legacy of redlining practices is still in place with a disproportionate presence of polluting industries. This area is also the home of low-income marginalized communities that face health disparities. Reaching for Air would tell this story in a news app hosted by The Salt Lake Tribune. The goal is to combine data with human experience. Besides including air quality conditions, and identifying the biggest polluters on the west side, the app would collect 100 first-person air pollution audio stories from west-side residents.

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