“I recently walked around the whole area and found only one African-American face, and that was on one brochure, of what seemed like hundreds, for a county assistance agency. What does that say to a black resident or visitor?”
Through restaurant ventures and a nonprofit culinary training program, Asheville is finding fresh ways to celebrate its soul food legacy.
“I call foul on the city for engaging in this aggressive, underhanded attempt to further gentrify West Asheville.”
“Creating multi-income, multiuse developments and requiring affordable units in new multifamily developments is a much better way of solving this problem and maybe actually helping some folks along the way.”
This two-part series traces the history and examines the current state of the Southside neighborhood’s food access situation.
This year’s meal fed over 700 people and was served by community volunteers, including Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer, Vice Mayor Gwen Wisler, District Attorney Todd Williams and Terry Bellamy, director of communications for the Asheville Housing Authority.
“Is the city interested in offsetting this issue and maintaining and growing diverse communities — starting with folks who have been in Asheville decades upon decades?”
At a Southside neighborhood meeting on Monday, Feb. 1, Parks & Recreation director Roderick Simmons said his department has no plans to close the Walton Street Park and Pool at 570 Oakland Rd.
Overseen by the Asheville Housing Authority, an array of local nonprofits are currently involved in renovating the Reid Center, which had its official groundbreaking this week. Here’s a look at the designs for the finished renovation.
The $4.3 million renovation of the Reid Center got an official kick-off with a groundbreaking this afternoon. An array of non-profit and community organizations are working to turn the Southside mainstay into a hub for education, job training, and the local community. (photos by Bill Rhodes)