I just read the article [“Building a Legacy,” April 9] outlining the possibility (God forbid) of two 20-story buildings being erected in our beautiful city.
Stay visually small, Asheville, or we will live to regret it. We will get ugly, no matter how pretty they try to make the monsters look.
This is the point in our history when we make a decision whether or not we want to look like this: (artist’s rendition of possible future, depressing Asheville).
As an artist who has traveled all over the United States and lived in beautiful places, only to see them become a nest of architectural phallic symbols, believe me when I say [that] once you open the door, there’s no stopping the onslaught of investor groups that will see Asheville as the next hot money pot (even if our City Council is virtuous of heart when it comes to money). Notice this project is [by] a Florida-based group of investors.
Remember the Alamo—I mean, Staples!
Listen, I’m sure Mr. Fraga is a decent man—but if he wants a legacy, let it be to visual and historical beauty. Create the most visually amazing two-story building in history using people from Asheville to construct it. And if he wants a big hotel—no problem. Just please, spread it out in the outskirts—don’t go straight up downtown.
Mark these words: If this happens, Asheville will become another city of guys posturing for who has the biggest tower.
Please think about it. This doesn’t even take into consideration the daily disruption of our lives by all that major construction, bringing in all those huge beams and materials—and afterwards, the permanent traffic nightmare of the visiting population filling a 25-story hotel downtown.
Asheville can stay small. Spread out, not up!
— Lou Majors