I truly enjoyed the last edition [Sept. 3] of Mountain Xpress.
There was the sense of history, “been-there-done-that” and what it was and what it has become, but that is where my enjoyment ended.
Asheville has become its own worst nightmare, becoming the land of wealthy bank accounts and Land Rovers. Although the aforementioned won’t realize it as such, rents are astronomical and pay is low … very, very low.
Asheville has a definite ego problem. The city of Asheville and its business tax base seem to turn a cheek to those who make Asheville … well, Asheville.
They do nothing to support a “Certified Living Wage” nor do they control the rent prices of homes or apartments. Low wages and $680-$1,000 rent a month for a crappy studio?
For me, the groove is gone, and I am leaving, like so many of my friends and acquaintances.
Silly City Council. High rents and low-paying jobs are for no one.
Asheville was “boarded-up” in the early ’90s and years prior. Today, business is booming. There is no stopping the city of Asheville, but do we really need another restaurant?
Goodbye, Asheville. If things do not change for the better, Asheville will have a Gap store on one of its downtown street corners in the near future.
P.S., Asheville. You are not San Francisco, nor will you ever be the “Paris of the South.”