Cross and its population are visibly committed to their "rural way of
life." The LDS chapel, the park, and the city hall form the hub of the
town. Small local businesses and limited heavy industry ring the city.
Subdivision housing separates the two. Local residents (60 percent )
told interviewers they preferred the rural life-style and less complicated
life of Woods Cross to city life in Salt Lake City or Bountiful. Many
new residents have selected Woods Cross as a place to raise their families.
High-density housing and industrial complexes have consistently been
defeated when proposed as developments for the city. Recent state and
federal matching grants have enabled Woods Cross to mark its boundaries
and welcome newcomers with evergreens and flowers.
carefully controlled growth keeps over-crowding, high crime rates, traffic
congestion, homeless transients, and bitter inter-city squabbles to
a minimum. "Let's make every effort to keep our life-style" is and has
been the political focus of both city officials and local residents.
Woods Cross, Woods Cross: Patterns and Profiles of a City (1976); East
of Antelope Island (1948).