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In the early days, the River Arts District was home to Cherokees; the estate of Asheville s first millionaire, James McConnell Smith; and the Southern Railroad Depot. It was also known as Asheville s first industrial district; one of the area s most vibrant African American communities, which has since been decimated by urban renewal; and the base of prominent grassroots organizations such as RiverLink, Mountain Housing Opportunities, the West-End Clingman Avenue neighborhood, and the River District Artists. In 1989, Asheville s citizens developed a long-range revitalization plan for the city. As Asheville boomed in the early 1990s, the River Arts District lagged behind. In 1995, fire destroyed the district s most prominent landmark, the Asheville Cotton Mill, prompting a phoenix-like renaissance."

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780738554266
ISBN-10: 073855426X
Format: Paperback / softback
(236mm x 165mm x 9mm)
Imprint: Arcadia Publishing (SC)
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing (SC)
Publish Date: 28-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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