Will someone please stop City Council and their puppet-masters from allowing such horrendously ugly buildings to be built? The iconic tourist expression for our town is Biltmore — as in "built-more," not "build-more." After the ugly butterfly-roof structure on South Lexington, the clunky replacement of the elegant Penny's building on Battery Park Avenue and the new horrific greeting symbol of all this schlock — the Kleenex-box condo on the former site of the Chamber of Commerce — our collective generation is going to have a lot to live down years from now, when a future, hopefully more enlightened generation looks back and bemoans all this essentially useless uglification.
Where is all of this coming from? Laundered drug money? Laundered toxic-credit-scam money? Shame on City Council for what has already been done and shame on us if we allow real architecture like the Basilica to be dishonored by yet another modern pseudo-neo-nouveau abortion in our town! Visualize St. Lawrence Park! A moratorium on further Asheville uglification!
— Tom Craig