To Asheville City Council: Please set an example for future generations by creating a beautiful park in front of the Basilica. This park will live on for generations as a reminder of why people love to live in Asheville — its natural beauty.
When you do this, you will be remembered as the City Council who listened to what the citizens wanted and not what just one corporation wanted. You will be remembered as the City Council who had the foresight to create a park for all the citizens of Asheville to use and appreciate.
Please help keep this city green and beautiful. There are plenty of places for other high-rise hotels, but there is only one Basilica.
— Lou Stewart