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)