Letter: ‘Out-of-towners’ label leads nowhere

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Thank you for your coverage of the continuing problem of housing affordability and the current price surge in Asheville [“On Demand: Out-of-town Interest Drives Local Real Estate Market,” July 21, Xpress]. The piece was factual and thought-provoking.

I must take issue, however, with the screaming cover headline, “Out-of-towners …” That phrase is blamed for housing, traffic, education, hotels, the homeless, the price of golf and other recreation, and on and on and on.

Please remember, unless you are of Cherokee descent, everyone here at one time was an “out-of-towner.” That phrase leads to contentious, unproductive conversations. It is a convenient excuse to not tackle whatever is in front of us. How long has the “future I-26” signage been here? How much longer will it be here? And, yes, I am an “out-of-towner,” twice.

— Les Vann


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4 thoughts on “Letter: ‘Out-of-towners’ label leads nowhere

  1. Bright

    The powers that be like Aville the way it is. They want people to “comment” residents can vent their enlarged spleens…of course everything stays the same. Smoke and mirrors, par.

  2. LauraNu

    General Manager of WLOS-TV In Asheville, North Carolina? One of the worst excuses for a t.v. station in existence?

  3. Godslayer

    Chuck Brodsky — “the Bob Dylan of North Carolina”– has a song about the “been heres” and the “come heres” that perfectly encapsulates this controversy.

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