Contributed by jamies, an ePodunk user.
May 22, 2007
Pluses: The Friday night drum circle that keeps tourists in the down town area every Friday night. lots of unique resturants and shops. Diverse people who are for the most part very peaceful and welcoming.
Minuses: Asheville parking is deplorable. Daily tourists and locals alike are gouged hourly by costly parking meters that give you about 6 minutes for one quarter. Also, all of the businesses that are closed during the evening have posted No parking 24/7 signs in their lots. The minimum to retrieve your car? $125.00. These businesses proclaim to be part of the Asheville community yet refuse to allow their lots to be utilized in the evening when they are not being used by the company. I assume that this is to force everyone into the parking garages. I didn't feel safe walking into the dark, unattended parking garage on Rankin- an area of town that is routinely overrun with drug abusers and street people who may or may not be friendly. Is there some problem with the local businesses sharing thier lots after hours with folks who want to visit Asheville but don't want to get robbed or harrassed when walking back to their cars after an evening of spending thier money in this town?
A good place to... Lots of good places to visit- as long as you don't plan to park to visit any of them.
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