Thanks for this post, Gordon Smith. Its obvious that most business people of Asheville want to keep the park intact. And the issue is just as you say -- the public trust and civic responsibility.<quoted text>
Our public park land was sold. There are a lot of people who care about it.(Don't make me list all the different groups who oppose this project again!) You can pretend that it's anti-business, but it's not. It's about the public trust and about civic responsibility.
I'm in business. How would I have an anti-business agenda? It's a wonder there's any room left in your house to have a computer, what with all the straw men you keep talking about.
Aw, to hell with it, I'll list the liberal tree-huggers opposed to this project:
Asheville Downtown Association (made up of business owners)
Asheville Preservation Society
Pack Square Conservancy
Buncombe County Democratic Party
Western North Carolina Alliance
Asheville City Council (including Carl Mumpower!)
Buncombe County Commissioners (including Nathan Ramsey!)
Mountain Voices Alliance
Democracy For America
If you keep saying it's anti-business, tree huggers who are driving the opposition, you'll be lying.
Just to say, I'm not affiliated with any of these groups you name. I'm a citizen, a native of Asheville and I strongly support keeping our public park land public. There is just no getting around the fact that this land belongs to the public to use, in perpetuity, as a park.
Coleman does own land he can build on. Its the site of the Hayes & Hobson building. No one is preventing him for building away on that site. But he seems to be intent on getting what doesn't belong to him. What kind of man with even a shred of personal integrity, true vision and civic responsibility would go this route?