Lovely, lucky, poor Asheville

Lovely Asheville: You are a beautiful jewel in a mountain setting. People from all over the world come to visit you. You are a livable town, a small town with city facilities and friendly people.

Lucky Asheville: You have survived waves of developers who have cut down your trees and systematically demolished your historic buildings and put up monstrosities. But you have survived — just barely.

Poor Asheville: You've lost so much and you are now about to lose your Basilica. It would seem to be a done deal. There are too many residents who just don't care. You could have had a park opposite the Basilica, a place for people to meet, eat and enjoy life. You could have had a field of God's green grass.

Asheville residents: This is your home, your hearth. Your church is under attack and you are allowing it. The invaders (aka developers) will take whatever you let them take — the mountains, the skies. Then you will become just like any other town and your spirit will be gone. Towns get the residents they deserve.

— Peggy Seeger
Boston (formerly of Asheville)

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8 thoughts on “Lovely, lucky, poor Asheville

  1. LOKEL

    Poor, poor Peggy.

    The Diocese and the membership of the Basilica should welcome a hotel across the street, then their priests can get a hotel room to molest boys in instead of using the rectory for such activities.

  2. John Smolkin

    Thanks for a good letter Peggy. Boston, a law,why did you move? I moved away from Asheville once and will never do so again. Yes you are right. A hotel across from St Lawrence is a travestry. The City Council should be held accountable. Anyone who voted for these development should be voted out of office.

    Lokel, wouldn’t your comments be welcome over on the forums? Your hatred of Christians stinks.

  3. travelah

    Why in the world is a nice hotel across the street a travesty of any kind?

  4. John Smolkin

    Keep Asheville pretty much as it is without a lot of northern big city type development. We do not need another hotel. We already have that monstrousity going up across from the phone company,and that one going up by Pack Square.

    The Basillica of St Lawrence is a landmark, and a beautiful piece of architecture. leave it as it is,and put in a park across the street.

    Timpeck, I understand some members of the libertarian political party have been accused of molesting children. Therefore, using your logic, all libertarians are suspect, and their Asheville HQ should be torn down with condos placed in the empty lot.

  5. “Timpeck, I understand some members of the libertarian political party have been accused of molesting children. Therefore, using your logic, all libertarians are suspect, and their Asheville HQ should be torn down with condos placed in the empty lot.”

    That’s fine with me. I am not a member of the Libertarian Party — or any political party — and I certainly don’t endorse their platform. If that organization has anywhere near the criminal track record of Christians then, yes, tear it down.

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