During Preservation Month (yes, that’s right—May) and 2008 Buncombe County’s Year of the Park, how can the city of Asheville possibly contribute to destroying the visual environment of one of the city and county’s greatest treasures, the Basilica of St. Lawrence and its surroundings, by permitting the construction of an outrageous hotel block!
A park at that site would complete the unfinished feeling of Asheville’s north point opposite the Civic Center, and would add immeasurably to the welcoming aspects of the area for tourists and everyday drivers arriving at the north end of downtown from I-240. [It would also] give the Basilica the front yard it so badly needs.
Let’s show the country that we have the guts to do it right!
— Melinda Young Stuart