Like other attractive cities around the country, Asheville is in a tug of war between those who want to build, build, build and those who want to preserve the wonderful attributes enjoyed by people who live and work in our community.
As the pro-development forces grow stronger and more persuasive, it’s critical that those who make the ultimate decisions—our City Council members—have the willpower to resist the developers’ siren call of “just approve our projects and tax revenue will soar.”
Although overdevelopment has already taken its toll on a lot of Asheville’s character, it’s not too late to step back and ask: What do we want Asheville to look like and feel like in five, 10, 20 years from now?
Do we want more high-rise buildings downtown (a la The Ellington)? Or luxury, gated communities that destroy the countryside, mountainsides and ridgelines? Or do we want more modest development with less environmental impact and homes that many can afford?
Elaine Lite is one City Council candidate who wants to give our community the opportunity to ask those all-important questions while there’s still time to make a difference. And then have our answers faithfully reflected in decisions about our city’s future.
If you’re concerned about the way Asheville is evolving and favor a more sensible, reasoned approach to our future, please join me in voting for Elaine.
— Keith Hearn