To the editor: “If you build it, they will come” seems to be the theme for many of the people who moved here in order to escape overdevelopment/population at their previous locale. Discontent with the beauty and peace here, they want to desecrate our area, too.
I am a native here who was displaced from these beloved mountains for 32 years. I am so glad to be home. However, you can imagine my dismay upon returning when I saw that Sunset Mountain in Asheville is no longer a mountain but a melee of buildings strewn; Sliding Rock is now a paid amusement park; and there is apparently no moratorium on how high greedy developers can build on our mountainsides.
Western North Carolina is not the same as it was, and we all need to help quell the development madness.
North Highland Lake Road is deemed safe at only 20% capacity by the N.C. Department of Transportation — it will be at only 60% capacity in 20 years! Why such an unnecessary project now?
Keep Flat Rock’s unique character intact by voting for the folks who recognize what we have: Tom Carpenter, Anne Coletta and David Dethero.
Patrice German, Hendersonville