Historic architecture, hundreds of places to
go, all within walking distance. Downtown Asheville offers something that
appeals to all ages.
Downtown Asheville is one of those rare cities where you feel comfortable
walking around, and for more than one reason. With one of the best collections
of art deco architecture in the country, antique stores galore, art galleries
and boutiques, and a diverse selection of downtowners, you'll never want
to leave. Asheville has a downtown with a broad character and its architecture
sets a romantic European mood that you want find the likes of anywhere
else in the state. The sparkling, stylized details found in Asheville's
early art deco and gothic buildings echo the pre-depression heyday of the
1920's. While enjoying the views and architecture in downtown Asheville
don't forget to visit one of the 100 retail shops where you can buy local
goods and crafts as well as unique treasures from around the world. Both
moderate and upscale restaurants can be found throughout downtown offering
every kind of cuisine imaginable from Italian and Cajun to vegetarian.
Those who prefer the outdoor cafe or coffee house setting will also find
themselves at home at the many cafes spread throughout downtown, each with
its own particular brand of local art, music and charm.
There is something to do every day of the week in downtown Asheville.
Visit the home of one of Asheville's famous sons, writer Thomas Wolfe,
or browse through an art gallery on Biltmore Avenue. Have a look inside
the historic St. Lawrence Basilica with one of the few self-supporting
domes in the country - the doors are always open. Or, have an espresso
and watch the city pass by until evening falls. Then head down to the Community
Theater or Diana Wortham Theater for a play, a symphony or a modern dance
performance. If you're into old time blues or rock n' roll check out one
of downtown's many clubs or bars. Don't forget the Craft Fair or the poetry
reading at the bookstore.
The people are friendly. Entangled in the diversity of architecture
are Asheville's people, from artists and musicians to corporate executives,
merchants and entrepreneurs. Some say that
parking can be a problem, but a few quarters in a parking meter and a short
walk to a secure parking deck is a small price to pay for a city made of
stone, marble, granite, reaching towards the sky.
In the center of town is Pack Square, the heart of Asheville's historic
downtown. It's a bustling center of commerce and culture with several restaurants,
second-hand stores, cigar store and many small business and corporate offices.
A central landmark to Pack Square is the Vance Monument, an obelisk
that honors the memory of Zebulon B. Vance, an outstanding North Carolina
statesman. At Pack Square you can see the contrast between the modern glass
Biltmore building which looks like a ship out of water, surrounded by sturdy
structures built during the early-1900's.
One of Pack Square's most amazing pieces of architecture is the 15-story
Jackson Building, Asheville's first skyscraper. Built in 1925 by
L.B. Jackson, the building is a strange adaption of Gothic character and
Pack Place, a newly renovated collection of buildings from the
late 19th and early-20th centuries, is a celebrated regional arts, science
and education center that enhances the historical aspects of downtown Asheville.
Pack Square, you can view the beautiful city building, built by Douglas
Ellington at City County Plaza. The fortress-like design formed
especially for mountainous Asheville, is reminiscent of an Indian headdress.
If you are interested in more of downtown Asheville's history, the Urban
Trail (a local non-profit effort) has placed 27 markers at historic points
of interest throughout the downtown area.
Lexington Avenue has the feel of a side street you might find in a big
city. Its cafes are the meeting place of intelligent minds of all ages
and its antique and thrift stores add even more of a rich flavor, along
with several boutiques and one of the best shoe stores in Western North
Carolina (Topps for Shoes).
The Market Street area is a unique cobble stoned street with two fine
restaurants, a dance club, the Asheville Community Theater, the Thomas
Wolfe Home and Welcome Center, and a great view of the Jackson Building.
If you go down the street and take a right, you'll be at Pack Square; go
left and you'll end up at City County Plaza. Either way, you'll enjoy a
stroll down historic Market Street.
Points of interest on Broadway include the Broadway Arts Building, an
independent video store, several retail shops, an Australian out-fitter,
and one of the most popular coffee shops in town "Beanstreets".
Broadway is a street that is always bustling, day or night because it is
located close to many of the frequented night spots.
You'll find many delights on Biltmore Avenue, a street rich in art,
cuisine and cultural diversity. Across from Pack Place art and science
center, you'll find several restaurants on the square that offer indoor
and outdoor dining. If you head down the hill on Biltmore, you'll come
to a block that is a combination of art galleries, thrift stores and a
top-notch European Bakery, with a food co-op at the bottom. If you were
to keep driving on Biltmore Avenue you would come to Biltmore Village and
the Biltmore House.
Haywood Street is home to the Pack Memorial Library, the Haywood Park
Hotel Building which includes a spa, several upscale restaurants, shops
and businesses, and several coffee shops and boutiques. A couple of drugstores
and craft stores can also be found on Haywood Street. In this two-block
radius that comprises the downtown portion of Haywood Street, you are guaranteed
to bump into someone you've met before, or simply a friendly face.
Battery Park Avenue
Off of Haywood Street and parallel to Wall Street, Battery Park is a
combination of offices, retail shops, a European coffee house and a very
cozy cafe/restaurant. Some of the buildings of interest are the Miles Building,
the Flat Iron Building and the Grove Arcade, a unique piece of architecture
that was never completed. The Grove Arcade is one of the first indoor malls
in the nation and is slated for a 12 million dollar restoration project
to begin shortly. This will restoring it to it original condition.
Brick-lined Wall Street has an earthy feel to it with many shops and
boutiques that carry exotic clothing and other items, and several restaurants
including a vegetarian restaurant, a Cajun eatery, and an up-scale continental
restaurant. The Public Service Building, home to many non-profit and local
organizations and businesses looks over Wall Street's cobblestones and
quaint lamp posts.
Patton Avenue begins in West Asheville and runs through downtown, coming
to a head at Battery Park, a triangle in the center of town which is a
public bus stop surrounded by many retail shops, banks and delicatessens.
You will also find several music stores in this area selling both new and
used CD's, records and tapes, as well as videos.
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Two APD officers responded to 52 Blake Drive in reference to a call regarding a breaking and entering in progress on March 29. The police department has responded to this residence numerous times in the past on domestics involving Robert Lee Shugars, black male, birth date 07/16/1952. When officers arrived at the front door, the glass was broken out and no one responded to officers\' announcement that they were on the premises. Officers gained entry to the residence to check on the welfare of the female resident and did a room to room search. Officers found Robert Lee Shugars hiding under the bed of the guest room. Shugars initially would not comply with verbal commands, but then started to come out from under the bed slowly. When he did come out, he was brandishing a hammer, which he refused to drop. Shugars was repeatedly told to drop the hammer, but he kept saying angrily that he wanted officers to kill him. One officer stepped on Shugars\'hand and made him drop the hammer but he continued to try to get up after he was repeatedly told to put his hands behind his back. The other officer on scene attempted to hold Shugars down by kneeling on his back, but Shugars actively resisted. Shugars was pepper sprayed and was finally taken into custody. Shugars was placed in the patrol vehicle, where he attempted to kick out the passenger side windows and had to be shackled. It was later determined that Shugars had used the hammer to destroy the resident\'s windshield, two large televisions, a computer monitor and glass table top. The resident was located unharmed. She had escaped through her basement and went to a nearby neighbor?s house. Shugars was charged with felony breaking and entering; a 50b Violation; damage to real and personal property; and resist, delay and obstruct. The magistrate set his bond at $65,000 secured, at which point he berated the magistrate. During his one phone call, he called the victim at her residence and threatened her. Another warrant was therefore issued.