It is tempting to blame Stewart Coleman and Black Dog Realty for the deplorable Parkside project, but the real culprits are the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners and the Asheville City Council. What were they thinking?
As many others have said and written, the project is idiotic, necessitating the appropriation of parkland, the destruction of a fine old tree directly in front of City Hall, the razing of an historic building and even more vehicular gridlock in that area.
Government is supposed to protect the public from such gross insults, but in this case, the government sided enthusiastically with the insulters. If the decision to proceed with the building is not overturned, it will serve as an enduring symbol of the unholy alliance between government and developers—a permanent reminder to the citizens of Asheville that their elected officials cannot be trusted.
— Michael Carlebach