For what it’s worth

I hate to kick the Mountain Xpress when it's down in the wake of the fallout from the Leicester “gravel road” brouhaha, but another geographical snafu appeared in the the Sept. 25 Conversations column. Writer Jaye Bartell places the Kenilworth area "south of Asheville.” Huh?

Kenilworth is entirely within Asheville city limits and lies to the east and southeast of downtown. I would venture to guess that all of this rather sizable neighborhood is within 2 to 3 miles of City Hall, as the crow flies.

It's bounded by Swannanoa River Road on the south, Biltmore Avenue and Beaucatcher Mountain on the west, and Tunnel Road and South Tunnel Road on the east.

It is indeed a peaceful area with a minimum of through-traffic, and even includes a little-known small lake, Lake Kenilworth, that lies just behind the Asheville Mall, only visible from a handful of streets.

Kenilworth began in the 1920s as a separate municipality but was annexed into the city by the 1940s.

— Bill Golden
Asheville

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