Happy New Year, Asheville. 🎉
We are so grateful to kick off this new year with you + for all of the possibilities 2021 holds. This year, a song by a local musician you’ve never heard before might become your new favorite, a really great restaurant might open right down the street from your place, and that new building you’ve been watching come together for months + months could finally open to the public.
As we prepare for a promising new year, we want to know what you want to read about each morning.
Are you trying to find out if your favorite festival is returning this year, or wondering about an upcoming development in town? Do you want to know where to get the best breakfast bagel? Is there a piece of Asheville history you’ve always wanted to know about? What news gets you excited about opening our newsletter each morning?
The things you asked us last year were some of our favorite stories to cover. From making sense of Waste Pro’s contact with the county to where to see holiday lights around town, we had a blast answering your questions + learning more about our amazing city.
This year, to celebrate 2021, we thought we’d answer 21 of your questions. Without further ado, these are the 21 questions the AVLtoday team will work to answer for you this year.
1) WHO decides what building designs are approved or disapproved? When I look at pictures of the “new” downtown Asheville, all the new buildings are simply ugly, with absolutely no character at all. How about a return to beautiful buildings for our beautiful city instead of the ugliness It started with the Indigo and has steadily gone down hill since. — George S.
3) I’d like to know more about the “Charlotte Street” old houses being (or planned to be) torn down and apts/condos/retail being built there. Many of the houses are on the National Historic Registry. Way does that not protect them from destruction? Part owned by a real estate group and the Killian family, Dr. Killian had an office in an old home in that area until his death. I’m guessing he’s rolling over in his grave at what his family is about to do. — Carole C.
4) The historical figures of the area… the indigenous Indians, the early fur traders and the routes they used that have turned into our major thruways … the Scots/Irish that settled the region before the revolution… the introduction of the wealthy that came up from the south and established …. so much history that folks who are here in our beautiful region need to know. Those that came before set beacons in this historical blips. — C.C.
7) Not a question, but I’d like to hear more about the surrounding areas such as Hendersonville or Black Mountain. — Kelsy Y.
8) Why is Costco not able to build a warehouse in Asheville? I have heard a rumor that Sam’s Club has a political influence over the Costco question above. — Patrick T
9) How are our area artists surviving? — Pamela D.
10) What parts of Buncombe County are becoming gentrified, based on property sales values? And, are we losing historically black communities, like the neighborhood around MLK Street? — Rebekah L.
11) Can someone explain the progress of route 26 S? What’s with the seeming exit /entrance to/from the BRPkwy along 26 S. — Kitty H.
12) I’d like to know more about organized panhandling. I’m serious. I live near the mall so I see those Tunnel Road crews most often but I see crews at other intersections around town. What’s the hourly take? What other assistance is available? — CS
13) We are moving to ur fab city late 2021! How can we best connect and meet other members of the LGBTQ+ community & also volunteer??! — Lisa D.
14) What businesses do people want to see in Asheville in 2021 and do we have a chance at them coming here? (i.e., Costco, Lidl, etc.) — Keith N.
15) What is our area is doing to support people experiencing homelessness and food insecurity and how that stacks up to the surrounding counties, and “ best practices “ counties? — Sarah C
16) Affordable Housing; the Charlotte Street proposal seeks public funds via land use incentive grants to destroy a neighborhood visage we know and love. The city is incentivizing the destruction of this town in favor of developer profits. — Mike M.
17) Please tell us about new artists. — Savanna S.