Letter writer: Brian Haynes offers thoughtful approach for City Council

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I support Brian Haynes for Council member because he is the only candidate whose message is: “Slow down” and think.

Do we want a city that is of the rich, by the rich and for the rich? A study cited in the Mountain Xpress found Asheville is 50 percent of the way toward total gentrification.

Do want a city that is cluttered with boxlike hotels, boxlike office buildings and boxlike government buildings? Asheville developers seem to have trouble thinking outside the box.

Do we want to continue to have an economy that is heavily dependent on tourism? Tourism revived Asheville in the ’90s, but is the current economic mix the recipe for a healthy, sustainable future?

As George Harrison said, “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.”

— Steve Rosenthal
Asheville

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2 thoughts on “Letter writer: Brian Haynes offers thoughtful approach for City Council

  1. facepalm

    > “Do want a city that is cluttered with boxlike hotels, boxlike office buildings and boxlike government buildings?”

    YES, because that means there are jobs! Derp…

  2. Deb Criss

    The City feels so claustrophobic, with these hotels that are so ugly, and high. There also was no over site to keep the architecture in accordance with our beautiful city. They could have been 6 to 9 blocks out, like they are in more progressive eco minded cities.Even farther than that would be fine. Jobs yes, however, we don’t have the infrastructure or parking and now due to this…. minimal sunlight!

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