Asheville "Paris Of The South"

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Henry Waddy Shortfellow

Asheville, NC

#1 Nov 8, 2010
But does this make Asheville the Paris of the South? I decided that the answer to this question would be to try seeing my hometown through a tourist’s eyes. Like any tourist with limited time, I needed a plan. The Biltmore House, with 8,000 acres and 250 rooms, needs a full day. Besides, whenever I had a visitor, Biltmore was an obligatory tour, along with Thomas Wolfe’s boyhood home and the Grove Park Inn, where F. Scott Fitzgerald stayed while Zelda was in a local mental hospital. I decided I would take a walking tour of downtown instead. Every Paris should have a lively street scene.
Downtown Asheville is a concise, strollable place. It has two modest public squares connected by short streets with the boutiques and cafes that give off its Paris (and London and New York) reverberations. There isn’t a big chain store or a major thoroughfare in sight. On any day except the coldest (which are rare), there’s an amalgamation of people that, now that I was looking more carefully, did seem more European, definitely more motley, than those in most small Southern cities.
Asheville’s one significant piece of contemporary architecture is an I.M. Pei office building anchoring Pack Square, the city’s main civic plaza. Pei wisely avoided making an overstatement in favor of reflecting a vintage grouping of buildings across the square: a Neo-Gothic semi-skyscraper, a Romanesque Revival office building, and a museum that looks like a Venetian palazzo.
I finished my day of strolling with a stop at the public library to see if Zoe Rhine, one of the helpful librarians who knows local history, could identify the source of “Paris of the South.”
“Surely Charleston and New Orleans have a claim on that title,” I said.“And rightly so,” she responded with a laugh. She showed me an 1895 program from Asheville’s Grand Opera House for a comedy titled “The Parisians” with William S. Hart, who later became a silent-film cowboy star. An ad for the Asheville Steam Laundry noted that “Asheville may justly be termed the Paris of North Carolina” and advised “ladies and gentlemen to wear nice laundry” to keep up with the Parisians.
She also showed me a city directory of the same era. Its author, one Harry W. Fulenweider, proclaimed Asheville “the veritable Poet’s Corner of the earth...the Electric City, the Gem City, the Crown City, the Queen City, the Attitude City of the South,” destined to be “the most fashionable health and pleasure resort in the world.” I’ll settle for the more modest “Paris of the South.”
Buncombe Resident

Hendersonville, NC

#2 Nov 8, 2010
I'm not sure how Asheville gets classified as Paris of the South, for in many ways it doesn't resemble Paris.
There are no good subways in Asheville, Paris is definitely a walking town, but while they have sidewalks, it's not real safe to walk around Asheville, period! For one, when you get a permission to cross the street as a pedestrian, the motorists also get the OK to go on a green light! That's dangerous.
Also, you keep hailing Asheville as the "beer capital" of North America. Well, Paris is known for its wines, not its beer.
I don't find enough art museums either to qualify as a sort of Paris of the South. This place is sorely lacking in good museums. Be nice to see a planetarium in Asheville. Doesn't have one. Be nice to jump on a bus all hours of the day or night and go to whatever area in the county you wished. The bus routes are limited.
While the French in general are not ones to invade your privacy, for French people highly guard their own privacy, they don't give "tours" to people of their homes, like americans often do, when they invite a stranger over, the South thinks nothing of always invading your privacy.
They want to know every personal detail about yourself, even though you don't even know them.
Maybe it got this name as our climates are similar, who knows......
The fashions in Asheville leave alot to be desired honestly. I don't care what you are or who you are, but lots of these "fashion statements" I find really rather gross. All the sloppy looking clothes, dread locks galores, flesh piercings hanging off someone's lip or eyebrow... eeeeh.. that's not nice to se, especially when you're ordering food or buying food somewhere.

Fashion is definitely King in Paris, France. Here, no one really cares what you are wearing.. They are more interested in how many tattoos you have!
Maybe that's the city's "artwork" here. There are certainly plenty of tattoos to look at, some of pretty good art honestly.

While Paris welcomes a wide range of people to its city, whenever you tell someone from here, you're not from here, you're generally not met with a smiling face.
People tend to be very narrow-minded here. That doesn't exist in Paris France. They don't want you to be from Florida, Illinois, up north, out west, etc.
That's not being "diverse", that's being prejudice. There's lots of restaurants here, but one ONE French restaurant in all of Asheville! Waaaa. why is that???

We're Paris of the South, but we only got one little French restaurant in the whole city.
Piglet

Fletcher, NC

#3 Nov 8, 2010
Don't ever ride the subways (or any other public transportation) in Paris, especially on a hot day. There's a reason France is known for its' perfumes - to cover the stench of the unwashed Parisians. In the summertime Paris smells like a - would you believe - French whorehouse. On second thought, maybe the olfactory ambiance qualifies Asheville to be the "Paris of The South."

Since: Aug 10

Asheville, NC

#4 Nov 8, 2010
Grasshoppah! Stop drinking beer and stop being a pest online! You are to obey your sinyasan vows NOW!

Asheville is the Paris of the South because it is a city for writers and artists, it is romantic, it has beautiful older buildings. And it has HEART. Unlike the northern crapholes many recent transplants have moved from.

I have spoken. OM Shalom OM!
Nope

Hendersonville, NC

#5 Nov 8, 2010
Osho Love wrote:
Grasshoppah! Stop drinking beer and stop being a pest online! You are to obey your sinyasan vows NOW!
Asheville is the Paris of the South because it is a city for writers and artists, it is romantic, it has beautiful older buildings. And it has HEART. Unlike the northern crapholes many recent transplants have moved from.
I have spoken. OM Shalom OM!
You're not paying attention. You want the man to leave you alone, leave him alone. It's the Golden Rule dude. You should follow it.

http://www.topix.com/forum/city/asheville-nc/...

Since: Nov 10

Asheville, NC

#6 Nov 8, 2010
Thomas Hoffman wrote:
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You're not paying attention. You want the man to leave you alone, leave him alone. It's the Golden Rule dude. You should follow it.
http://www.topix.com/forum/city/asheville-nc/...
I don't follow this. But if it's coming from Thomas Hoffman, it figures. I hear the "38" in his thomas38 moniker comes from his I.Q. Besides as a longtime reader here, I find it laughable that the main pot-stirrer, multi-personality jerk here can't all of a sudden take his own medicine? LoL. Start posting again as thomas38 and stop harrassing others, then perhaps your legion of practical jokers here will let up.
Nope

Hendersonville, NC

#7 Nov 8, 2010
Nonthreatening Lurker wrote:
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I don't follow this. But if it's coming from Thomas Hoffman, it figures. I hear the "38" in his thomas38 moniker comes from his I.Q. Besides as a longtime reader here, I find it laughable that the main pot-stirrer, multi-personality jerk here can't all of a sudden take his own medicine? LoL. Start posting again as thomas38 and stop harrassing others, then perhaps your legion of practical jokers here will let up.
He who acts the fool has no argument to make against assaults on his stupidity. For that matter, why don't you post under one fking name moron? You got nuthin to say about anybody else on this forum so GFY
Git R Done

Asheville, NC

#8 Nov 8, 2010
This is so funny. So "Nope" from "United Sates" is chiding others for not using his real name? I read here that Thomas Hoffman is the only one who posts from "United States" because he is troll enough to buy an anonymizer to hide his IP and put whatever "from" place he wants. I think maybe it's time for "nope" to post as just one name and stop being rude.
Ghost Dog

United States

#10 Nov 8, 2010
Savannah Georgia has been called the Paris of the south for decades. Just because some yards move here and try to steal another cities name does not make it so. Pick a more fitting name like queerville or commiville.
Muffy

United States

#11 Nov 8, 2010
Paris is beautiful and a large city.
Lets face facts asheville is not even the most
beautiful city of the south. Parts are charming
but most parts look like new jersey.
The North Carolina tourism board should
stop promoting asheville as paris of the south
( very embarrasing!)
PS. charleston, south carolina is the paris
of the south.
Brock Mulligan

Asheville, NC

#13 Nov 8, 2010
Git R Done wrote:
This is so funny. So "Nope" from "United Sates" is chiding others for not using his real name? I read here that Thomas Hoffman is the only one who posts from "United States" because he is troll enough to buy an anonymizer to hide his IP and put whatever "from" place he wants. I think maybe it's time for "nope" to post as just one name and stop being rude.
Who is Thomas Hoffman and why should anyone care? He looks to be one obsessed asswhole to me. The last 3 posts were all written by the same person. Hey Thomas, you need to get a life. Are you one of the unemployed because of this Obama depression economy? You can do volunteer work you know, instead of being a negative troll here.
Brock Mulligan

Asheville, NC

#14 Nov 8, 2010
Oh and I've heard Asheville referred to as the Paris of the South quite often. Just like I've heard of New York City as being the capital of liberal asswhipes too. Anybody that thinks of Savannah as a Paris hasn't visited there.
Savannah Fan

Boone, NC

#15 Nov 8, 2010
Muffy wrote:
Paris is beautiful and a large city.
Lets face facts asheville is not even the most
beautiful city of the south. Parts are charming
but most parts look like new jersey.
The North Carolina tourism board should
stop promoting asheville as paris of the south
( very embarrasing!)
PS. charleston, south carolina is the paris
of the south.
Charleston is certainly a Southern beauty and a thousand times more interesting than Asheville. But I vote Savannah as the most beautiful city in the South with as much or more interest.

Come to think of it you are right, most of Asheville looks like some dingy rust belt city in New Jersey.
SouthernBelle

United States

#16 Nov 8, 2010
Asheville has a castle big deal. Asheville looks alot like steel towns in Pennyslvania.
Its also liberal and has no class.
Charleston South Carolina is the most beautiful
city in the south followed by Savannah Georgia.
Asheville is not even in the top 10..
Thomas Hoffman

San Francisco, CA

#17 Nov 9, 2010
Oh dear. Here I go again. I get drunk and start posting nasty as all these different names. Is there an AA for trolls? Like "Trolls Anonymous"? Ruthie thinks I need to dso something other than sit on my computer all day and make a fool of myself.

Can you others help me stop trolling? Whenever you see me posting from "united AStates", please call me out. I have an anonymizer software that shows me from "United States" when I set it that way.

Help! I post as a troll and I can't help myself! marx and Debbs, help me!

Since: Sep 10

Asheville, NC

#20 Nov 9, 2010
Osho is right. "Asheville is the Paris of the South because it is a city for writers and artists, it is romantic, it has beautiful older buildings. And it has HEART. Unlike the northern crapholes many recent transplants have moved from."

I've been to NYC and it is a craphole. I've lived in Asheville all my life and it is heaven on earth. The Paris of the South it is.
Doctor Hemorrhoid

Boone, NC

#23 Nov 9, 2010
Barry Winters wrote:
Osho is right. "Asheville is the Paris of the South because it is a city for writers and artists, it is romantic, it has beautiful older buildings. And it has HEART. Unlike the northern crapholes many recent transplants have moved from."
I've been to NYC and it is a craphole. I've lived in Asheville all my life and it is heaven on earth. The Paris of the South it is.
I’ve lived in Asheville twice and now live near but outside of the pestilent city. This I can say about Asheville, if the world ever needs an enema the place of insertion will be Asheville, NC.
Nancy Ferguson

Asheville, NC

#24 Nov 9, 2010
The men here are bug-eyed bald-headed methodist clowns.
Ghost Dog

United States

#25 Nov 9, 2010
Hairy arm pits on smelly chicks along with douche bag guys does not count
American Eagle

Boone, NC

#26 Nov 9, 2010
Ghost Dog wrote:
Hairy arm pits on smelly chicks along with douche bag guys does not count
Are you referring to the DNC?

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