An anonymous group claiming concern for the environment is taking credit for vandalism of two downtown Asheville real-estate and development companies on Thursday.
Private Mountain Communities and Beverly-Hanks Associates were targeted by the vandals, who left broken windows and spray paint behind. Later in the day, Mountain Xpress received an e-mail from the self-proclaimed “Concerned Citizens of WNC” that calls for taking “militant direct action against the developers.” The return e-mail address utilizes a Web site that provides anonymous e-mail services.
Statements by the two companies and the Asheville Police Department are expected soon.
The entire e-mail sent to Xpress is below.
— Brian Postelle, staff writer
Date: June 14, 2007 12:39:06 PM EDT
Subject: Asheville real-estate offices struck
Early in the morning of June 14, windows were smashed out, locks
were glued, and spray paint was left behind at the offices of
Beverly Hanks Realtors and Private Mountain Communities in downtown
Asheville, North Carolina. These two companies play a major role in
the destruction of our beautiful mountains by perpetuating sprawl.
BH and PMC both have exclusive rights to the marketing of gated
communities, where the priveleged build second homes in one of the
most diverse ecosystems in the US. Thousands upon thousands of
acres of Western North Carolina’s mountains are stripped bare every
year for these exclusive developments where the rich attempt to
shelter themselves from the rest of the world.
We will not stand for the desecration of the trees, streams, and
creatures at the hands of greedy developers. Despite overwhelming
public opposition to these developments, the real estate companies
and development firms continue on their path of ecocide.
So we decided to hit them in the only way they understand—money.
As long as these scumbags continue their rape of the Earth, we will
inflict economic damage on them. Join us in taking militant direct
action against the developers in your neck of the woods. We must
take responsibility for the land that sustains us!
In defense of the wild,
Concerned Citizens of WNC