It’s the week of July Fourth, so you can expect an explosive new issue of Mountain Xpress to hit the stands on Wednesday.
This week’s cover story examines happiness in Asheville in the wake of the city being named a happy place by Eric Weiner, author of The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World (Twelve, 2008). It was Weiner’s book (namely the “America” chapter) that led TV-news show 20/20 to report, “Asheville was recently named the happiest place in America.” Not exactly, Weiner notes: “I never actually said that Asheville was the happiest place, but it seems that people have latched onto that. I said it’s a place people go to because they think they will be happy. But it’s a nice place.”
There’s plenty more, including commentaries, an update on the controversy over the planned Parkside condos and the weekly array of features and columnists. Click below to go to the tape and see the rest.
—Jason Sandford, multimedia editor