Get off your soapbox and go to City Hall

I don't get why people write the Mountain Xpress complaining about things. What is Xpress going to do? As regards to problems in your neighborhood, call the city. Or better yet, walk into the city building and find the person who is in charge of your area of complaint. That really gets their attention.

Over the years, I've gotten two streets paved, my ditch paved, rip-rap placed in the stream on WT Weaver Boulevard, my neighbors to be quiet, my neighbors' dogs to be quiet (there is a 24/7 noise ordinance). A person living in an RV on my street was moved along, etc. The city of Asheville has generally been very responsive to my concerns. They don't do so well with sidewalks or with keeping streets/sidewalks clear, but I can't ask for miracles. It took 20 years to get a sidewalk on Edgewood Road and I still can't get my neighbor to trim their hedge and apparently that is fine by the city, though the garbage truck can't really get by it now.

I might get on that soapbox soon and I wouldn't be surprised if something happens, since the city has always been helpful in the past.

— Robin Knupp
Asheville

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