It seems that everything wonderful about Asheville is under attack and being changed without the support — or even input — from the people who live here. Whatever forces are behind this seem determined to make the real Asheville just disappear. Want some examples?
How did the scandalous, underhanded renaming of our Civic Center manage to happen? How dare City Council pull this fast one on its citizens? Need money? Sure, but let us be informed and given an opportunity to provide alternatives to this outrage.
What about the redrawing of voting districts in order to eliminate true Asheville goals from any possibility of being heard? Again, designed to make the real residents impotent to implement votes that represent their viewpoints and goals. We've been disenfranchised.
How the hell did that monstrosity (the 151 Biltmore building) manage to get built? It is an eyesore that I haven't seen the equal of anywhere. The damn thing can be seen from miles away. It has utterly destroyed our skyline. Does anyone remember when mountains were our skyline? They are now dwarfed by atrocities like the building mentioned above.
And, now apparently, we are not even worthy of a post office.
I am not paranoid. There are groups and forces out there who seem determined to "disappear" us. This is nauseating.
Go away. Leave us alone while any semblance of Asheville still exists.
— Patricia Wald