Allen Johnson, the editorial-page editor of the Greensboro News and Record, blogged about his recent trip to Asheville. Johnson came away with the impression that downtown Asheville is a diverse place full of great restaurants, brewpubs and a colorful street scene with “an ambiance and vibe rarely matched in other places we’ve been.”
Then he goes on to compare Greensboro and Asheville, which doesn’t turn out so well. The grass is always greener, right?
“Unlike Greensboro, there was activity on more than one street. There’s also a cool, nonjudgmental, live-and-let-live vibe in Asheville that I don’t quite sense in Greensboro.
How we get that here I don’t know. Maybe they could bottle it.
Only one complaint: They seem to close down a little early, even with all those young people with painted hair and tattoos …”
They … as in the entire town rolls up the sidewalks and shuts the gate? Actually, that’s a complaint we hear often from visitors — and who can blame them? Shops downtown open late, often close early and many close on Sundays, even during peak tourist times. Perhaps it’s our shorter work hours that give us our laid-back vibe?