There’s a thoughtful discussion taking place on the Mountain Xpress Forums, one that anyone with an interest in Asheville and the local arts scene might like to comment on.
Steve Shanafelt, arts and entertainment editor, wants to know if you think Asheville is still affordable for local artists.
As Shanafelt puts it: “Asheville once attracted drove of artists and craftspeople due to it’s friendly community, affordable housing and supportive community. But, with real-estate prices still climbing and the city’s culture seemingly changing to reflect a wealthier and less arts-oriented brand of resident, will there be a place for artists?”
Here are a few comments from readers:
Revo: “i think the river district is already gaining wide attention as a spot for amazing development, (as pointed out by Xpress a few issues back), but I do think some developers are seeing that without that art community, the draw is just not as great for people.”
Marc at Orbit DVD: “Fortunately, I think that the brakes are already being applied on the rapid growth that we were seeing. I know of one large development near me that probably isn’t going to happen now, and I’m hopeful that our river district will remain untouched.”
sammule: “Today, it costs about the same to live here (at least within the city) as many major cities, when you take into account wages and such. So perhaps the artists are only the first wave in the revitalization process, and now we are beginning to see a new stage; recession.
Go here to leave your comment on the topic.
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— Jason Sandford, multimedia editor