More from Craig Ayliffe, the Greenville Trader Joe’s employee:
At the wise old age of 62, and having lived in NYC, SF. LA and other high rent areas all over the world, I have come to accept it as a fact of life that where goes the artists and LGBT community (fairy-dusting my people call it and I am both of the above), the attorneys, dentists and speculators soon follow. The rents go up, the creative class moves on (West Asheville? Brevard? Weaverville?) I saw it in the East Village, Venice Beach, Bolinas in West Marin County, Barcelona and countless other places.
RE: LA, please understand that LA is not a megalopolis like the Bos-Wash Corridor. It is a necklace of small towns with small town ethos linked together by 75mph freeway systems.
The best way to control the growth of your community (and it should be done) is to limit the growth thru the elective process. You will have a fight on your hands, I fear. Best to start now. Santa Monica did it. Paris did it. Bolinas did it. Asheville can do it. And they are great places to live. With affordable housing and good quality of life.
Re TJ’s: I agree with the writer who mentioned the cost of organic food relative to disposable income. There are many people who cannot afford WF or GL on a regular basis. That will change when TJ’s get to town.
But look, I work for them and here’s my shopping routine in this order: Dollar Tree for non-name brand kitchen wrappers and bags and dish soap, Tj’s for the bulk of food, esp. the amazing prices on organic milk, organic OJ and organic ground beef and bacon and dogs without nitrites or nitrates, Target or W-Mart for medications and personal hygiene, cat food and litter.
Alas, Costco is not yet there (but should I put another rumor to rest? I could. heehee.)
Asheville, what do you think of Ayliffe’s statement about Asheville’s growth and the choices other cities made to invite growth while preserving city character and high quality of life?
How do we as a community invite growth to our city, while preserving what makes Asheville a place people love living in?