The Town of Black Mountain’s Board of Aldermen turned down a $2.1 million offer from Walgreens. The evil chain that amasses money by selling things people want (like prescription drugs, soap, and school supplies) threatened to obsturb the community rights to a viewshed and sense of place. Almost 200 protesters showed up at the Board of Aldermen meeting. Only three of sixty-one people who spoke about the project wanted a Walgreens. The town had, months ago, considered selling their town square when they found funds wanting. At the recent meeting, the board also voted to rescind their decision to put the property on the market.

(Note: The population of Black Mountain is about 8000.)