Asheville retail sales have grown rapidly in the last 15 years. How does Asheville compare with other North Carolina cities? Does Asheville get back from the state its fair share of the sales taxes it generates? How do those tax dollars get divided up between Buncombe County and Asheville? What is Asheville’s regional economic role, in Western North Carolina?
Here are some answers, analysis and opinions from Asheville Downtown Association’s Vice President Joe Minicozzi, who is an urban planner.
For more information on the Asheville Downtown Association, visit http://www.ashevilledowntown.org/
— Thanks to Scrutiny Hooligans for the links. http://scrutinyhooligans.us/2010/02/25/the-state-of-downtown/
7 thoughts on ““The state of downtown Asheville,” an analysis by Joe Minicozzi”
the presentation was very interesting and enlightening – the verbal explanations were easy to follow and the charting was both easy to interpret and a real eyeopener – I hope this presentation will be viewed by all the city and county officials
Read Xpress coverage of the luncheon at which Minicozzi spoke here:
Tough times, hard choices: ADA luncheon spotlights key downtown issues
by Brian Postelle 02/10/2010 issue
Guy knows his stuff, right? You’d think we would want him on the City’s Planning & Zoning Commission. But no, Council voted to deny him once again, & instead gave that seat to the wife of one of Chris Peterson’s Deal Buick partners. Whatta town!
Barry: The story of Minicozzi being passed up for a P&Z seat, as you say, will be reported by Xpress very soon, I’m told.
If the Asheville Citizen was a real newspaper they would have reported the passing over of Joe Minicozzi by Mayor Terry Bellamy, Jan Davis, Bill Russell and newcomer Esther Manheimer. This is unforgivable and shows you what kind of leadership they have. They don’t want anybody on any board that cannot tell what to do behind closed doors.
I have personally experienced this behavior from Jan Davis in a noise board hearing that was fixed before it ever started. I was told after the hearing. “I’m just doing what Jan wants me to do.”
Mr. Minicozzi is honest and has integrity therefore he was looked over by Council.
Jeff, I for one want to know from each of these council members what makes Foster’s Shriners wife a better choice than community servant like Mr. Minicozzi.
our city Council and city staff need a code of ethics they have to adhere to and that is ENFORCED.
The applications of Mr. Minicozzi and Ms. Shriner for the P&Z board make a startling contrast: