We desperately need a park downtown and, even more importantly, we need to protect the beautiful historical Basilica and its environment. [See Asheville City Council member Marc Hunt’s open letter about the Basilica of Saint Lawrence land offer at http://avl.mx/9w.]
A high-rise would risk the fragile Basilica and dwarf it to the point of disrespect, smothering its beauty. Continuing to add additional high-rise hotels downtown is also going to continue to destroy the ambience of the historical downtown that the entire area depends on for tourist dollars.
— Jeannie Summer Rain