“As a longtime downtown resident, I must leave my home and impose on friends each time this venue has a concert because of the noise in my home.”
“Today, Asheville’s a tourist destination fueled by wealth-take-all capitalism beset with growing urban issues such as parking, pollution, land use, development, affordable housing, crime and allocation of tax revenues. Yet are all these intractable problems with only temporary solutions? Not really.”
Voting for the inaugural Best Of began in April 1995. Winners were announced the following month.
“Julian Price: Envisioning Community, Investing in People,” won its first award, The Grand Jury Prize, last month at the Film Invasion L.A. Last week it picked up its second prize for Best Community Development Film at the New Urbanism Film Festival, also in Los Angeles, Calif.
As commercial rents rise ever higher in Asheville’s downtown, local business owners and other community members hope the area’s popularity won’t lead to increasing homogenization, the proliferation of national chains and the loss of the city’s unique character.
“Through Julian Price’s many efforts, things began to turn around, and a cleaner, more pedestrian-friendly downtown took shape.”
“I’m kind of still in disbelief and really overwhelmed, but in a wonderful way,” says filmmaker Erin Derham. Her documentary, Julian Price: Envisioning Community, Investing in People, premiered last night at the Orange Peel, to a sold out crowd. The film, which tells the story of Julian Price’s life in Asheville, was joined by live performances from the […]
In Asheville, Price tried to fly under the radar as much as possible. But when you contribute nearly $10 million of your personal wealth to help revitalize a long-neglected city, folks are bound to take notice.
Asheville filmmaker Erin Derham shares her journey of making the documentary “Julian Price: Envisioning Community, Investing in People.”
“Asheville has to do better. The ‘end justifies the means’ approach is unacceptable.”
Philanthropist Julian Price passed away in 2001, but his legacy continues to impact Asheville. The Julian Price Project plans to create a short introductory video and a longer documentary film. This week Erin Derham, the filmmaker behind Buskin’ Blues, signed on as director and oral historian.
It is hard to imagine that you are not awesomely happy with the proposal of St. Lawrence to buy the lot. Asheville is a tourist city. People don't visit cities to see hotels, they visit cities to see sights. Building a hotel where you could be enhancing the tourist attractiveness of Asheville is shortsighted and […]
Many complaints about the 51 Biltmore project said it was bad for the environment and sidewalks. Some said Pat Whalen and Public Interest Projects, Julian Price’s development firm, were “greedy developers.” As Julian’s widow, I’d like to add Julian’s perspective. Julian, an avid environmentalist, knew that sprawling development hurts people and the environment. In 1991, […]
Mountain Xpress would like to announce that Michael Muller, who has been with us as a staff reporter covering business and politics for the last six months, will be leaving us to pursue other projects — most notably a multimedia and book project on Asheville visionary Julian Price.
The Grove Arcade, boarded up and abandoned, before it was renovated in the 1990s. About 200 people attended “The Asheville Miracle: The Revitalization of Downtown,” a presentation sponsored by the Downtown Asheville Residential Neighbors (DARN) on May 25 at Diana Wortham Theatre. Xpress reporter Michael Muller covered the meeting as it took place via Twitter, […]