I support John Miall because Asheville needs practical, centrist City Council members who understand the need to get things done, things that need to be done without a lot of bureaucracy and in logical priority order. We need to fix our infrastructure before spending millions on aesthetics, important to the health of any community, but “needs” first, “wants,” second: Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, if you will.
Putting residents first citywide with sidewalks, streetlights, crosswalks, traffic signals, enough police and firefighters, water/sewerage, trash collection/recycling, addressing empty buildings, helping business startups and so much more should not be a popularity contest. If these basics are not addressed in a practical, planful way, our city will lose its appeal for residents and tourists.
Either/or decisions are not required in planning for community needs. For example, why not consider a low-profile nonhotel revenue source and an appropriate aesthetically pleasing green space across from the Basilica of St. Lawrence?
“Take Asheville Back” reflects my hope for a time when our taxes were sufficient to get things done, police the streets, put out the fires, pave the streets and pick up the trash without biennial tax increases and endless fees. We need a Council that can live within taxpayers’ means. Vote John Miall for Asheville City Council. Thank you.
— Christopher Pratt