Community is Asheville, North Carolina fears over new BID proposal

‘”Our community is not a mall:” Firestorm criticizes BID, calls for public forum’, says the headline on Mountain Xpress a community news site in  Asheville, North Carolina.

In an open letter to their mayor community members express their concern about a new BID in their town.

We are writing to you as a downtown business and community space concerned by the proposed Asheville Business Improvement District (BID) that will be considered by City Council on June 12th. As part of a formative network opposed to the BID, we want to share our concerns and extend an invitation to our community forum, to be held on Tuesday, June 5th at 5pm.

Read more here.

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2 Responses to Community is Asheville, North Carolina fears over new BID proposal

  1. Martin Ramsey says:

    We’ve managed to mobilize some opposition to the BID and broaden the conversation beyond merely a tax issue, but to an increasingly antidemocratic privatization of the public sphere, which has had the effect of drawing anti-BID support from multiple quarters. Also, from just forming a coalition against the BID, holding a forum in opposition to it(which we will do again when it comes up for a vote in Sept), and a demonstration outside the first vote, we managed to bump this back.

    http://www.citizen-times.com/article/20120624/NEWS/306240069/Fire-chiefs-oppose-Asheville-tax-district
    http://mountaindistress.com/archives/485
    http://www.ashvegas.com/bid-opinion-roundup-more-on-the-business-improvement-district-and-community-opinion
    http://www.carolinapublicpress.org/10025/asheville-city-council-delays-asheville-bid-decision-after-wave-of-public-comment

    The mountain xpress, our local weekly, has an excellent primer on the whole thing. Wish us luck.

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