Letter: Quirky is not important

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[Regarding “Can Asheville Stay Weird? Businesses Try to Maintain Uniqueness Amid City’s Rapid Growth,” May 24, Xpress:]

Hey readers,

I came here from Chapel Hill two years ago. I am stunned by the lack of respect for such beauty that surrounds us. I have never seen such filth as I have here. I have traveled the country, and now I must move on.

Get real — quirky doesn’t work. Picking up the garbage does. Come on, so-called cool people: Take care of your community or don’t live here. Have some pride, for God’s sake.

— Karen White


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7 thoughts on “Letter: Quirky is not important

  1. kww

    You’re certainly welcome to move back to Chapel Hill if “quirky doesn’t work” for you.

    I think many of us who have lived here over a decade are sick of people moving in and dictating how things should be.

  2. Shultz!

    Have to admit, I always get a kick out of the bitter “I’m out” letters…such an odd choice.

    Well Karen, good luck in your future endeavors- hope you find what you your looking for. FWIW, if you’re looking to stay in the the old north state, Cary is very tidy and most un-quirky, something to consider!

  3. El Gordito

    I don’t know what you are talking about. I’ve lived in plenty of places with much bigger littering problems than Asheville…. If that is indeed what you are talking about. I imagine your complaint is with the homeless population. You probably bought some overpriced condo downtown… “it’s too noisy, there are too many tourists, too many homeless people”, and maybe some trash dropped by our out of state visitors.

    If you’ve “never seen such filth before” you must have been living under a rock your whole entire life.

    Be sure to tell all your rich snob friends what a terrible place this is. The only garbage I see comes in daily on private jets. Bye.

  4. Vfrancia

    I am sorry to see the back lash to her comment. Asheville does need to be cleaned up. I’ve often commented on friends photos of cities around the world how clean they are and don’t see the litter there. I don’t think the quirkyness is what she was referring to.

  5. Lloyd B Van Dyke

    Are all of you so oblivious that you don’t notice any of the issues Asheville now has including all of the litter? Open your eyes!!!

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