Yes, Adrienne [Fortune], you will be welcome here in Asheville [Letters, “Will I Be Welcome in Asheville?” July 11, Xpress]. Not by all, but by most I believe. There is a growing number of people here in A-Town because it has what many people want — culture, diversity, acceptance of varying lifestyles, nature, food options, music and art and most importantly — you.
As you stated, you are one of the reasons Asheville is what it is today: a melting pot of people from other states, backgrounds and lifestyles. You are drawn to this city because of its “energy,” which has everything to do with connection, with contribution, with wanting to be a part of an actual “community,” embracing all those of us who have already landed here, as well as all those who have called Asheville home for generations. Asheville is the cultural mecca it is due to the spirit of all those who have been here for generations welcoming the rest of us. I don’t/can’t speak for all, but I know I speak for many. We welcome you.