by Leslee Kulba
Wild West blogger
Asheville City Council just went into closed session to talk about some lawsuit with the State of North Carolina. Nobody wonders to what that pertains.
Anyway, a highlight for me was the public comment portion of the meeting. A group from the River Arts District, which is undergoing whatever the current name of urban renewal is, came to raise concerns. They work out of a building that houses sixty-some studios. The resident artists were first shown a plan that suggested 10 feet may be needed from their property for ROW. Now, in the latest plan, it is suggested they give up 12 feet for a greenway, 10 feet for two bikelines, and 4 more feet for a berm. That will cost them 48 parking spaces and a dog training school. Artists and their patrons, who come from all over the world, complain there is nowhere else to park.
So, either the city wants a really walkable tourist’s destination (‘cos two-way airport taxis are so much more economical than one-way autos), or maybe it is doing what government always does with urban renewal: paving over something deemed underclass riffraff.