Asheville tops another “Best of” list

Sorry all you true Asheville natives (as well as those of you who like to pretend you are), but the city is yet again poised for a mass in-migration of folks looking for the next happening place.

Keep it under your hats, but Relocate-America, one of many supposed arbiters of cities that are great places to live, this year places Asheville at the top of the heap of its best of the best list. (Note: Any newcomers you run across in the weeks and months to come as a result of the listing may be directed to Cary, N.C., which is number five on the list and, from what we hear anyway, has way more top-paying jobs and fewer cacophonous drum circles.)

Anyway, you can read the story here.

Hal L. Millard, staff writer


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12 thoughts on “Asheville tops another “Best of” list

  1. zen

    Wow, well i didn’t learn anything new about Asheville, but since it is Relocate-America and heavy on Real-estate ads and fill-out forms, it underscores the buyer’s market for homes in the area, putting an even heavier burden on planning and intellegent zoning for this area.

  2. hobart

    Nope, nothing new about Asheville (atleast RelocateAmerica cited the sources that they lifted their write-up from)- but I did learn a new word: manse. Word of the day material.

    Seems like an odd collection of cities they have in their top 10.. who takes the time to vote on these things?

  3. mtndow

    Mr. Bugg:
    I can’t find this week’s PETAphile chain letter.
    Is the Editor-n-Chef on vacation?

  4. A) Why did you address this to me?

    B) Are you saying that people who are against animal cruelty also like to diddle little children?

    C) I think PETA is a rather obnoxious organization, but that doesn’t mean that the heart of their message is a bad one?

    D) I don’t have anything of use to say, so I’ll just go on the record as saying that Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise was a far better movie than it’s predecessor.

  5. these folk moving in and acting like they are from Asheville are just making me sick! to move here and become employed, open businesses and help in the economy of our city is way too over the top. (actually YOUR city, I am not originally from here) don’t you think that 70% of our (YOUR) downtown business owners being “in-migrants” themselves is enough? i say kick all of them out and allow downtown Asheville to become what it was in the late 70’s early 80’s (ghost town).

    disclaimer: i am being sarcastic and pretty amazed that a “staff writer” for a local publication would be so negative to the growth of the economy which supports this publication through MANY “in-migration” business owners who advertise and support this publication.

    – i digress

    *cough cough* i know several people working at mountainX and none of them are from Asheville, maybe you should direct your friends at the “X” to Cary NC also.

  6. well there goes one less one-way ticket to Cary, NC that will need to be purchased.

    i’m curious, how many years do you have to live here before you are actually welcomed. in total i have been here longer than 29 years so who should have to go? LOL that bus to Cary is getting full.

  7. I’m not telling anyone to leave. I’m just dreaming of a day that no others decide to move here.

    Of course I’m also dreaming of Scarlett Johannsen and Jessica Biel bringing me to a twenty minute orgasm.

  8. Medic0203

    What kind of crap is this? I always figured Asheville to be a friendly sort of place. Growing up in Bedford, VA and a neighbor steward of the
    BRP, I always kind of felt a kindred for those who live in the mountains. Apparently though there are some in this area who are pretentious snobs. Reminds me of where I live now, Brentwood,TN. One day these exclusionists will get it. It is not the amount of people who re-locate, it is the quality of said persons, and their willingness to adapt, and contribute to the community. I won’t lie, I am coming, I am not a native nor will I claim to be. My wife and myself were recruited by one of the large health care facilities in Asheville. Now would you rather have competent people taking care of you when you are sick, or just choose someone who is local, for that reason only. Seems flawed to me, but hey what can I say other than shake my head and think it is just sad. So talk to me or don’t when I get there, but I gurantee I will get paid the same, and enjoy the outdoors just as much as all the “natives” will.

  9. ell, you wont enjoys the outdoors as much as the locals used to beacuse they are all being clearcut to build 4 thousand square foot houses on every mountaintop around.

    asheville is beautiful. when you come here, please try to enjoy the beauty and not just try to turn it into the place you came from.

  10. Medic0203

    Well, that seems to be a high end problem. If you or anyone from Asheville were to see what goes on in the area where I am located now, you would be appalled. From what I have witnessed there, at least you have a community that is willing to fight back!! We have no community support, check out Williamson County, Tennessee sometime. Believe me we are moving to have LESS of the clearcutting to build “4000sf homes”. As a matter of fact if you check your local MLS you would find at least 67 pages with ~ 10 houses per page, so 670 houses, not including those which are FSBO that stand vacant or for sale. Most are older so if intrusion is filling a vacant home with someone who contributes to the community, then go ahead and lay 120% of the blame on me. So go ahead shoot your nose up when I pass by like I said it won’t bother me one bit…..

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