I am writing this in the belief that our municipal government has already received a fiduciary and moral wake-up call in the shadow of the Pack Square debacle. Does Asheville government want to repeat the desecration of our treasured architectural, cultural and historic legacy — which was the dreadful permanent fate of Thomas Wolfe's home — by erecting such a blight on our collective landscape and destroying the integrity of our century-old Basilica?
Rather than repeat all the obvious sound reasons for rejecting such plans, including the fact that our Basilica is only one of 33 in the entire country (at the time of its designation), let's look at some of the historical record.
The U.S. Supreme Court decided decades ago to give legal voice to our natural environment because it could not speak for itself. Why less for our precious nonrenewable architectural environment?
And in a twisted irony, when ordered by Hitler to "Burn Paris," his highest officers refused. Even in the minds of some of history's most depraved people, there was some spark of conscience against destroying forever such beauty!
Look all around you at the general economic collapse of this country. Does city government want to continue to remain in the ranks of often-synonymous government and business in its flagrant disregard for the quality of life of ordinary citizens and our future generations? What legacy does it want to be remembered in leaving to our still beautiful city?
Let us reflect wisely on this proposed action.
— Eileen Kennedy