Letter: How welcoming is Asheville to people of less means? – Mountain Xpress

8September 2020

I do not mean in any way to disparage the young couple, Janet and Roy Parvin, illustrated in the Aug. 12 Mountain Xpress area COVID Conversations, “Why We Transferred to Asheville in the Middle of the Pandemic.” I don’t blame them for “trying to leave California,” San Francisco in specific. I have actually met other former California homeowners, now residing in Fletcher and Henderson County, who have shared their stories about California life. How one said to buddies still in California: “Get out of there.” Enough said.

They look like a really great couple, and we in Western North Carolina, as I think throughout the U.S., are inviting people. Their story is most intriguing. Driving 2,600 miles cross-country in their packed SUV. Then finding a “house waiting on us that we ‘d never ever enter. … We bought it off the web, sight hidden, forking well over half a million dollars, the property version of keeping up scissors.”

It’s an enjoyable story. Nevertheless, I could not help questioning how our “native” population, of all races, who are battling with gentrification, unaffordable housing, nonliving earnings and income inequality may be feeling when they hear that story. That this brand-new couple to our city paid “well over half a million dollars” for their brand-new home.

I resided in North Asheville and after that on Town Mountain from 1987 to 2014, when I relocated to Fletcher. Our Town Mountain Homeowners Association had a discussion with one local government official one night about cost effective real estate in Asheville. I presumed that Asheville’s land is too expensive to develop really budget friendly real estate. Nonetheless, our government officials assure to address this requirement at every election cycle.

I invite this good couple to our city. However, I don’t understand how welcoming our city is to folks of far less methods.

— Dennis Kabasan

Source: mountainx.com

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