Downtown Asheville depends on us

Reports of the Downtown Market closing have been greatly exaggerated. A plucky group of 25 artists, craftspeople and antique dealers have banded together to keep the central core of the market open until First Bank or the successful bidder acquires the building later this month. The building did not go dark on July 1 as reports stated, due to the somewhat heroic efforts of those people who see this valuable downtown resource as too important to be allowed to be closed. There have been letters of support submitted by adjacent community organizations and the folks in Asheville are hereby alerted to the continuing efforts of many who wish to keep this local market alive and well.

Asheville is just a city, yes, but it is a village where each of us owes all of us the opportunity to thrive and that includes both the underserved and over-served parts of this community. You can participate; you can tell others.

— Lance Hardcastle

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