Asheville moves to obtain parkland

Asheville moves to obtain parkland

There are 37 comments on the Asheville Citizen-Times story from Dec 9, 2007, titled Asheville moves to obtain parkland. In it, Asheville Citizen-Times reports that:

Haw Creek residents say they like the "country in the city" feel of their valley.

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Whats in it for them

Asheville, NC

#1 Dec 10, 2007
Must be something in it for the Mayor and Vice Mayor if they again, want to use hard earned ax dollars to grab control of yet more things and land
Kathie Lack

Quincy, FL

#2 Dec 10, 2007
It is not government's place to buy the land. If individuals want to preserve land, they should buy it themselves. I have personally bought and preserved property surrounding my home. To accomplish this, I had to sacrifice and do without other pleasures and toys. It was important to me, so the sacrifice was worth it. Now these folks want to reach into MY pocket to buy and preserve land near their homes. Nope. Do it yourselves, folks. Asking government to do it, is the Socialistic approach.
eddie

Boiling Springs, SC

#3 Dec 10, 2007
We the people need to give Robin Cape an open check book to buy anything she desires. She is so on top of every need the citzens have. She is much smarter and wiser than all others please give her more taxes so she can spend more,

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Since: Feb 07

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#4 Dec 10, 2007
""..."You don't need to be taking tax dollars from landowners to buy the land," Yelton said. "What we need to do is charge zero taxes on vacant land and that would slow the pace of development."""

Well, how about $0 dollars on the rest of us? I have some vacant land and it is going to stay that way. Taxes or not.

How about $0 for the funding of community colleges who intends to give illegal aliens another 'perk' for breaking the law? We don't need to give more of our tax dollars for this either...How about we have another Tea Party??? Ya know why? Because people have gotten lazy and think freedom is owed them...BS...We have it, but we are damn sure close to losing it...
Jim Bob

Manteo, NC

#5 Dec 10, 2007
Parks and greenspace is certainly a far better use of public money than the failed policy of drug prohibition. Cape's idea about setting aside some taxes from new development is an excellent one. I hope she runs for mayor.

Since: Feb 07

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#6 Dec 10, 2007
Jim Bob wrote:
Parks and greenspace is certainly a far better use of public money than the failed policy of drug prohibition. Cape's idea about setting aside some taxes from new development is an excellent one. I hope she runs for mayor.
I would rather see her run off a cliff. A lady who wants to dictate the color of houses on mountain sides, I think Asheville will see her gone at her re-election time. Although, I will miss her looks of evil towards Mumpower everytime he speaks. She is a witch with a capital "B".
Thunder Chicken

Iron Station, NC

#7 Dec 10, 2007
Kathie Lack wrote:
It is not government's place to buy the land. If individuals want to preserve land, they should buy it themselves. I have personally bought and preserved property surrounding my home. To accomplish this, I had to sacrifice and do without other pleasures and toys. It was important to me, so the sacrifice was worth it. Now these folks want to reach into MY pocket to buy and preserve land near their homes. Nope. Do it yourselves, folks. Asking government to do it, is the Socialistic approach.
Damn that Blue Rdge Parkway! That should have been privatly built. What a waste of taxpayers dollars.

“Local Blogger Gets Involved”

Since: Dec 06

Republic of West Carolina

#8 Dec 10, 2007
Thunder Chicken wrote:
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Damn that Blue Rdge Parkway! That should have been privatly built. What a waste of taxpayers dollars.
I hate the parkway because it brings idiots into the area...at least it is useful for something.

Asheville City Parks tend to become places for the homeless to congregate, drug dealers to deal, and the homosexuals to do their thing in public...oh and drummers drumming.

Now, imagine (if you will) a private park with admission fees to pay for itself, its upkeep, and possible expansion.
Jim Bob

Manteo, NC

#9 Dec 10, 2007
Thunder Pig wrote:
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I hate the parkway because it brings idiots into the area...at least it is useful for something.
Asheville City Parks tend to become places for the homeless to congregate, drug dealers to deal, and the homosexuals to do their thing in public...oh and drummers drumming.
Now, imagine (if you will) a private park with admission fees to pay for itself, its upkeep, and possible expansion.
Sure, right after we start charging admission to all the roaring stinking dangerous vehicles that use city streets.
Jim Bob

Manteo, NC

#10 Dec 10, 2007
fastsam wrote:
<quoted text> I would rather see her run off a cliff. A lady who wants to dictate the color of houses on mountain sides, I think Asheville will see her gone at her re-election time.
That's what you've been saying about Newman for the last 4 years, how did that work out again?

Cape is probably the smartest member of council, and certainly the most educated on urban design.

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#11 Dec 10, 2007
Okay BillyBob, you win, I am sorry I insulted your wife but I have seen cockroaches in the projects smarter than her.
Jim Bob

Manteo, NC

#13 Dec 10, 2007
Mumpower, now there's a cockroach.
J-Maz

Boiling Springs, SC

#14 Dec 10, 2007
City parks are for everyone...the rich and the poor. Myself and many other good, hard working folks in Asheville cannot afford to by extra land for my family and friends to recreate in. If every rich person living in and visiting Asheville put money into public parks (or private parks for that matter), then the City, County, and Non-profit Organizations would not have to worry about buying parkland. As it stands today, where are these private parks?...an idea, not a reality. Private land is posted no trespassing. Citizens of Haw Creek and many other areas of Asheville cannot directly walk through vacant land to get to public areas like rivers, streams, parks, and national forest land because a private party owns the land and doesn't want any trespassers. People purchasing land for themselves tend to have a sense of greed about the land. I know some private parties donate land and money for land, but there is not enough of them. Rich people tend to hoard their money and assets. That is, after all, how most people become rich in the first place; by exploiting land and natural resources, not by donating land and money. Again, I don't mean to offend everyone with money by this comment. I am not talking about all rich people, but I am merely making the statement that a majority of rich people tend to be this way. That is why today, an overwhelming majority of the recreational land in Western Carolina is owned by city, county, state and federal governments. Visit your local public lands and ponder that.

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Since: Dec 06

Republic of West Carolina

#15 Dec 11, 2007
Jim Bob wrote:
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Sure, right after we start charging admission to all the roaring stinking dangerous vehicles that use city streets.
Just keep your itty bitty Prius off my bumper, and I won't check my brakes so often!

Streets are for Automobiles, and Sidewalks are for Pederasts, I mean Pedestrians. And bicycles are for running in the ditches since they don't pay road taxes!
Jim Bob

Manteo, NC

#16 Dec 11, 2007
Thunder Pig wrote:
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Streets are for Automobiles, and Sidewalks are for Pederasts, I mean Pedestrians. And bicycles are for running in the ditches since they don't pay road taxes!
City streets are maintained by property taxes, not fuel taxes, and you're lucky we let your stinking car on them at all, so check your attitude at the city limits. You're getting a free ride on streets that belong to everybody, and it's about time you started paying your way if you ask me.
Bree

Weaverville, NC

#17 Dec 11, 2007
Jim Bob wrote:
Parks and greenspace is certainly a far better use of public money than the failed policy of drug prohibition. Cape's idea about setting aside some taxes from new development is an excellent one. I hope she runs for mayor.
I do believe that you can give up that Idea. Aint gonna happen. Geeeze. Can you imagine the thought of that.?

“Local Blogger Gets Involved”

Since: Dec 06

Republic of West Carolina

#18 Dec 12, 2007
Jim Bob wrote:
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City streets are maintained by property taxes, not fuel taxes, and you're lucky we let your stinking car on them at all, so check your attitude at the city limits. You're getting a free ride on streets that belong to everybody, and it's about time you started paying your way if you ask me.
Part of it comes from the state and the federal fuel tax.
Asheville was on the path to killing itself, but the last city-council election has given me hope that perhaps the tide has turned, and I didn't knock on all those doors for naught.
You people in Asheville have more than enough attitude...I'll be sure and rev my engine a few times extra when pass through.
Bree

Weaverville, NC

#19 Dec 12, 2007
Jim Bob should move to NY. He can ride the subway and walk wherever he would like to go. Then catch the subway and return home.

“Local Blogger Gets Involved”

Since: Dec 06

Republic of West Carolina

#20 Dec 13, 2007
Bree wrote:
Jim Bob should move to NY. He can ride the subway and walk wherever he would like to go. Then catch the subway and return home.
And hope he doesn't get beat down by punks because he doesn't believe in "carrying superior fire power" in the form of a concealed weapon and the will to use it.
Joe

Asheville, NC

#21 Dec 13, 2007
Thunder Pig wrote:
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Part of it comes from the state and the federal fuel tax.
Asheville was on the path to killing itself, but the last city-council election has given me hope that perhaps the tide has turned, and I didn't knock on all those doors for naught.
You people in Asheville have more than enough attitude...I'll be sure and rev my engine a few times extra when pass through.
0% of NC's 38 cent a gallon fuel tax goes to roads. Just for the record. The majority of it comes from income tax. So bicycles do pay road tax but that is a side issue. THis is about city parks.

I wonder if you have been to many city parks. There is one park that meets your description. Prichard park downtown there is a definit homeless problem there. Aston park does have some problems but that is in the middle of the projects. Parks can be a great thing. And the majority of these parks are being donated to the city.
So should the city turn down the free land? Would you?

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