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‘Sketchy’ RAD comments trigger uproar
Thursday, 19 February 2015 00:42

From Staff Reports

The new year started out with a bang for Asheville’s River Arts District, as the publisher of Frommer’s travel guide outraged a number of local residents when she largely attributed the revitalization of the area to the still-under-construction New Belgium Brewery and referred to the district, in general, as “sketchy.”

Pauline Frommer, the guide chief, made her assertions on Jan. 1 on ABC-TV’s “Good Morning America,” while she was explaining why Asheville was Frommer’s first choice for “Best Places to Go in 2015.”

Specifically, Frommer said, “We are picking it (Asheville) this year because the sketchy riverside area has been totally redone.”

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It may take a bus to ride the rails
Thursday, 19 February 2015 00:41

From Staff Reports

The success of a bus service from Asheville to Salisbury could be the determinant on whether passenger rail service resumes in the near future in Asheville for the first time since 1975.

Amtrak is studying establishing a dedicated bus service as soon as 2016 to carry passengers between Asheville and Salisbury, where they could connect with trains serving several other Piedmond cities and possibly points as far north as Boston.

The service would give travelers — to and from Asheville and seven other communities along the bus route — access to train travel in the relatively near future in the hope of building enough ridership to eventually justify passenger trains on the railroad line between Asheville and Salisbury, according Paul Worley, head of the state Department of Transportation’s Rail Division.

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