Given that everyone in Asheville seems to be marching to the beat of their own drum, how did we come together to form such a vibrant community? Are our individualistic tendencies a handicap, or have we learned to blend them into communal inspiration?
For the next few weeks, we hope to gain some insights into Asheville’s evolution by listening to the reminiscences of key residents who planned, fomented, induced or otherwise helped bring about the historic changes we live with today.
Asheville’s metamorphosis is a complex story, with many people contributing to it. Letting them tell their stories will take some time. And that’s without any ensuing discussions. Over the coming weeks of coverage, if you’d like to contribute your views, please email or add your comments to our online coverage at mountainx.com. — Jeff Fobes, publisher
The View from the County Commission, by David Gantt
Getting from Then to Now, by Barbara Field
It Was Rough, It Was a Ghost Town, by Howard Hanger
Citizens Saved Downtown, by Edward Hay
Growing Up in Asheville, by Jan Davis
Proving the Naysayers Wrong, One Property at a Time, by Pat Whalen
The Rise of the Literary Scene, by Karen Ackerson
Asheville’s Culture Grew Out of Its Public Spaces, by Wally Bowen
Oh Asheville, My Asheville, by Andrea Helm
And in case you missed it, our Aug. 27 issue featured memories about Mountain Xpress’ early years.