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Asheville is Number 2 Arts Destination in America

Friday, April 11th, 2008

American Style magazine has named Asheville the “Number 2 Small City Arts Destination” behind Santa Fe, New Mexico. And though any resident who has been to Santa Fe might argue rightly for number one, it is still quite an honor for our town to be recognized— as well as a great leap from our number five ranking last year.

The award was based on the magazine’s Annual Poll of 100,000 American Style subscribers. The June issue of the magazine will be on newsstands in May and will profile top art destinations in three categories, small cities, mid-sized cities and large cities.

Asheville Praised by The New York Times

Friday, October 12th, 2007

Asheville certainly impressed Staff Writer Chris Dixon of The New York Times. Below, read the introduction to his article 36 Hours in Asheville NC.

The New York Times, September 30, 2007

Asheville is an Appalachian Shangri-La. This year-round resort town, tucked between the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains, draws a funky mix of New Agers, fleece-clad mountain bikers, antiques lovers and old-time farmers. And what’s there not to like? Charming yet surprisingly cosmopolitan for a town of about 73,000, Asheville has a Southern appeal all its own. There are lazy caf&eacutes and buzzing bistros, Art Deco skyscrapers and arcades reminiscent of Paris, kayaking and biodiesel cooperatives and one of the world’s largest private homes — the Biltmore Estate, a French Renaissance-style mansion with 250 rooms…”

Even though he is telling us Ashevillians what we already know, it wonderful to see our fair city getting some national press attention once again. If you’re interested, read the rest of the New York Times article.

Asheville scientist wins Nobel Peace Prize

Friday, October 12th, 2007

National Climatic Data Center scientist Tom Peterson of Asheville found out about his award while he was having breakfast and listening to National Public Radio.

Mr. Peterson is one of over 2,000 different scientists assisting the United Nations’ International Panel on Climate Change. Sharing the Nobel Prize with the other scientists and former Vice President turned documentary filmmaker Al Gore, Peterson wrote a key chapter in the report used by Gore in his hit film An Inconvenient Truth.

Nine researchers work at Asheville’s National Climatic Data Center, where one of their many tasks is collecting data and reporting on global warming.