Letter: No more hotels!

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I have lived here for 20 years now, having moved here from Louisville, Ky. I loved the character and local vibe of downtown. Back in 2001, downtown was not cluttered with tall commercial buildings such as hotels catering to tourists.

I am sad to see the changes and poorly planned spread of growth of upper-class homes being built outside the city limits, eliminating any opportunities for low-income and other locals to afford housing, such as minorities and people who grew up here, now in their 20s.

Thank you, Mountain Xpress, for covering local news.

— Lyn VanOver
Black Mountain


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3 thoughts on “Letter: No more hotels!

  1. indy499

    What an incoherent rant of a letter.

    Are you talking about Asheville or Black Mountain? How does out of city (which one?) upper end housing reducing housing opportunities for others? Where?


  2. Curious

    ” . . . Back in 2001, downtown was not cluttered with tall commercial buildings such as hotels catering to tourists. . .”
    Has the letter writer done any research into the history of Asheville? The Battery Park Hotel was one of Asheville’s early tall hotel buildings, the Northwester Bank building and the Jackson building on Pack Square, the Flat Iron building on Wall Street were early “tall commercial buildings.” None of the new hotels are as tall as the Battery Park Hotel. Asheville has always been a town that catered to tourists.

  3. Gordon 1820

    Says the Black Mountain person who moved from Kentucky 20 years ago. Do we need to make Black Mountain Great Again? Or is that Asheville?

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