The proposed overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway of downtown Asheville is a horrific idea [“Skyline Item,” Aug. 24 Xpress].
While I can certainly understand the perceived potential for increased revenue that might be gleaned, it is doubtful that we would see much difference; Asheville is heavily advertised already.
An overlook of a city would be in direct contrast to what the Parkway was intended for. The Parkway is a gateway for citizens to experience and view the majestic mountains that surround us, not to view manmade buildings. This has the potential to set a very bad precedent which could lead to other cities requesting their own overlooks, further detracting from the natural beauty that abounds along the Parkway.
We need to protect this natural treasure, not spoil it in a poorly planned and seemingly desperate attempt to boost tourism. The Parkway’s resources are already limited and they have enough trouble maintaining the overlooks currently in existence. I'd rather see my tax dollars used to fund programs with some tangible or measurable results that will enhance the lives of our citizens without damaging such a precious resource.
— David Long