A 1926 debate over traffic jams nearly caused a roadblock in the construction of the Kress building at 19 Patton Ave.
On Nov. 10, 1922, Piggly Wiggly opened in Asheville. At the time, many local residents were accustomed to calling in their grocery orders and having these items delivered to their homes. Piggly Wiggly looked to change consumer habits.
Has Asheville recovered from the trauma of its municipal debt crisis, which spanned the years between 1930 and 1976? The debt had a profound impact on Asheville’s development, its cityscape and, lastingly, its appetite for municipal debt. This year’s $74 million bond referendum will put the city’s confidence to the test when it asks voters to choose whether it’s time for the city to borrow again to finance growth.