Kaid Benfield, who is the Special Counsel for Urban Solutions, grew up right here in Asheville, NC! I am a big fan of his and of his Asheville roots. In fact, he talks about Asheville frequently as per: Is the 'traditional' downtown a thing of the past? Is that OK?
I particularly like what he says about Asheville’s downtown in his latest post
“… the lively, compact and walkable downtown of Asheville, where I grew up, has enjoyed a wonderful revival, as I wrote some time back. Most of the wonderful old art deco buildings are still there, but repurposed. The restaurant and bar scene is great, as are the galleries and high-end craft shops. There are new residential buildings downtown, which I find very encouraging, though I'm told they are very expensive to buy into. There’s still a first-rate independent bookstore.”
Kaid Benfield writes about community, development, and the environment –and is the Special Counsel for Urban Solutions, Washington, DC. I’ve pre-ordered his forthcoming book, People Habitat: 25 Ways to Think About Greener, Healthier Cities, and, having had a long-time interest in sustainable excellence, subscribe to Kaid’s blog.