While most of us appreciate the voluminous time and effort on Asheville City Council’s part, interfacing with citizens on the “face” of Asheville, as expressed in the future name of the Civic Center, is central to the core of what Asheville is. Shame on Council for (seemingly) hiding behind time and circumstance and not exposing this very important issue to those they serve.
Asheville is not a run-of-the-mill city. Do we need corporate branding to define who we are? Do we need corporate money to dictate our taste? If the city residents and businesses don’t weigh in on these significant, if not pivotal, issues then Asheville is what? How does U.S. Cellular Center sound to you? It sounds pretty crappy to me.
Now the Asheville Civic Center sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? Even Asheville Entertainment Zone sounds pretty good, comparatively.
Let’s continue to make a difference by being different!
— Bernie Byrne