Will Council listen to residents or McKibbon?

Many residents think the area across from the Basilica of St. Lawrence should be green space. A park would visually connect the Basilica, the Grove Arcade, the library and the U.S. Cellular Center. Trees would add shade and a human dimension to the area. Will Council listen to McKibbon, or to the residents?

Council didn't pay for that land. Your tax money did. Council should take the opinion of Asheville residents into account. If the aim is to increase tourism, wouldn't a gorgeous spot of trees be more attractive than more concrete and steel?

A luxury hotel would primarily benefit just one corporation, who would be getting one of the most desirable sites in Asheville for a bargain price. Also, a luxury hotel would be used by just a few well-off patrons, while a park would serve the needs of all the Asheville residents, as well as tourists.

Too often, our city's decisions support the desires of corporations over the needs of residents. Please keep Asheville beautiful, for residents and for tourism.

— Ann Piervincenzi

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