In the period spanning 2012-13, 6,000 people migrated to Asheville. The law of supply and demand — not so much a law as a comment on how few developers and homeowners would accept anything less then maximum profit from the sale of their homes — dictates that housing prices will go up. The solutions to this problem put forth in Mountain Xpress’ three-part series on affordable housing range from a living wage to increased density to student labor. That Asheville will grow is undisputed.
In reality, growth is not inevitable. There are many ways to limit growth while simultaneously creating and preserving affordable housing. Zoning to limit development, while requiring developers to include a minimum percentage of affordable units is one possibility.
An article in the Jan. 30, 2015, Asheville Citizen-Times, using Census data, put Buncombe County’s population at 300,000 by 2030. Just how big do we want Asheville to get?
— Steve Rosenthal