Nix the high-rise

Please — it is urgent that we repeal any permits allowing a high-rise building to block the beautiful St. Lawrence Basilica from the downtown view. I am very adamant about this.

—  Deborah Papich Boeswillwald

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7 thoughts on “Nix the high-rise

  1. hauntedheadnc

    Here we go again. Two issues here…

    First, how is a seven or eight story building a highrise?

    Second, how is this a valid complaint when there’s a taller building, the Vanderbilt Apartments, directly across the street from the proposed site?

    Yes, this particular plot of would be best developed as a park or plaza, but any hotel that includes a public park or plaza would be a good compromise and a good addition to downtown.

    Regarding how people in Asheville are so affected by the specter of development at this feast we call our city, I think back to the days when Asheville was littered from end to end with hospitals of various kinds. Tuberculosis sanitariums and insane asylums were our specialties, and I wonder now, watching people react to development proposals, if it was such a good idea to close them — especially the nuthouses. People around here completely lose their minds when it comes to development, and I just hate to think of all those disused rubber rooms that could be doing so much good for so many.

  2. John Smolkin

    “Build it”? But they won’t come ‘who’, then we will have one more ugly yankee style building half full. DO NOT BUILD it. The economy won’t sustain it, and Asheville will be worse off for it.

  3. Who

    Your stance has been noted, Smolkin: Build it. The yankees are coming.

  4. nuvue

    Do you really think that now it will be filled? Many rooms are vacant as it is. Has anyone done a feasibility? Even if I had the wherewithall I think you would need the before mentioned nuthouse to build a mega million structure there at this time.

    Yea it would fill for Bele chere (maybe) and two weeks in October, but what about the other 48 weeks?

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