Big changes slated for River Arts District
(Asheville Citizen-Times) The biggest change in nearly 100 years is coming to the former factory district, where graffiti covers the ruins of agricultural and manufacturing warehouses and trees grow from abandoned buildings. Narrow sidewalks come to abrupt halts in some places, forcing visitors into streets where cut-through drivers whiz by at 40 miles over the limit. Parking can be a nightmare. The city and the federal government this week announced a combined $30 million dollars to fix infrastructure problems, including straightening Riverside Drive and completing an interconnected 6-mile network of pedestrian, bicycle, and roadway improvements.
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