The Merrimon village was bad news for neighbors

Five Points Neighborhood would have loved to have an urban village built on the former Deal Buick site, and we tried to work with the developers to come up with a plan that wouldn't impose excessive costs on the neighbors [“Ruffled Feathers,” Aug. 7 Xpress]. But the 2007 proposal had two main problems, both of […]

Asheville City Council gives New Belgium the go-ahead


During a meeting that lasted almost to midnight, Asheville City Council approved New Belgium’s brewery in the River District. Council also approved funding for sidewalk improvements and a study of alternate truck routes to address concerns of some residents about the traffic the business will bring. (Pictured: City Clerk Maggie Burleson swears in all those who wanted to speak at the public hearing. Photo by Max Cooper)

Hell no to grocery row

Dear Asheville City Council: I understand that there is a proposal to have one or more drive-thru restaurants on the former Deal Buick lot, site of the Harris Teeter project on Merrimon Avenue. This is a bad idea! Merrimon Avenue cannot support any more drive-thru restaurants. The traffic already is a nightmare! The Harris Teeter […]

Another plea for the Merrimon magnolia

Thank you for printing Dennis Hill's letter regarding the planned removal of a 100-year-old magnolia at the corner of Merrimon Avenue and East Chestnut Street [“Save the Merrimon Magnolia,” Feb. 9 Xpress]. I have lived in Asheville for 35 years, but only recently discovered the magnolia. It is remarkable. I encourage everyone to stop by […]