Now that a crack has been discovered in the dome of St. Lawrence Basilica, we know that heavy construction in the area is likely to bring down the wonderful Guastavino tiles, and perhaps the dome with it.
We don't need another hotel near one of Asheville's most famous attractions. City Council member Cecil Bothwell is right. We need a park fronting St. Lawrence. People like City Council member Marc Hunt are mistaken in thinking that another big hotel will make Asheville a better place to live. City Council should take steps to make Asheville look like Greenville, S.C., where a determined mayor, an enlightened public and corporate backing, turned a vast wasteland and swamp into the wonderful area that is downtown Greenville today.
Let's make it happen, City Council. Let's show Greenville that Asheville can become a great place for tourists and residents — even greater because we've got a better climate!
— Leonard Carrier