I recently returned from a visit to Scottsdale, Ariz. All of the houses and businesses there are set back 200 feet from the roads. The exterior of all the buildings match the sand of the desert floor and none of them are more then two stories high. Billboards are nonexistent As a result, when you drive through town, it feels like you’re in the middle of the desert.
Clearly, it would be ridiculous to suggest that we demolish the thousands of buildings that already exist in Asheville, but it would not be out of the question to rewrite our zoning laws to require that all future structures blend in with the flora and geology [of] Western North Carolina.
The mountains are the reason people visit, stay and move to Asheville. Every building that goes up that detracts from their beauty moves us one step closer to aesthetic and economic disaster.
— Steve Rosenthal