Today’s bundle of burning questions, my smart answers, and the real deal:
Question: I don’t know who to contact other than you! The statue of the little girl drinking the water from the fountain has been vandalized. Looks like someone tried to pull it off the sidewalk. The base was ripped from the bricks and I would hate to see it stolen! Could you alert someone to me? Will it be corrected? Any idea who did this?
My answer: Guess it was a drunk tourist who was really fed up with waiting for a glass of water. Because you know, this girl took forever to quench her thirst.
real answer: Yes, a fool apparently damaged the little statue in Pack Square Park in late October.
“Looks like someone reported it and submitted a request for the statue to be removed from minor graffiti and for the statue to be re-attached to the ground through the Asheville app,” said the spokesperson for the Asheville Police Department, Samantha Booth, by email.
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The statue shows graffiti and minor damage from vandalism.
âWe have also emailed the Parks and Recreation department to let them know about the statue and to see if they are able to retrieve the statue and secure it until it can be repaired so that ‘she’s not taken,’ Booth said. noted.
The Bronze Girl at the Fountain is at stop # 26 on the Asheville Urban Trail, a downtown walking tour. The artist, sculptor James Barnhill, named it “Childhood.”
Here is a description from the Explore Asheville site: âA bronze girl drinks from a fountain. A simple moment, and perhaps for that reason, one of the most expensive stations on the trail. She represents both the promise of the youth and the reminiscence of times bygone when children came to play in Pack Square; the freedom of discovery and the promise of accomplishment comfortably linked. “
By the way, people can still report graffiti occurring within city limits to the Asheville Police Department by phone or by using the Asheville app, which is available to the public, Booth said.
“This app is a great tool for citizens, it’s essentially a unique way to report several things like graffiti, abandoned vehicles, dead animals, potholes and several other options in the town of Asheville. “said Booth.
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Question: Almost every day I read that a new apartment complex is being built somewhere in the Asheville-Buncombe area, but I never hear any mention of the current and future electric car charging needs included in the plans. plans. Are there no ordinances requiring that a certain percentage of electric vehicle chargers be included in parking plans? As air conditioners were in the past, apartment renters will expect electric vehicle chargers in the near future.
My answer: Now I wonder why the apartments never came with gas pumps …
real answer: Todd Okolichany, director of planning and urban design at the city of Asheville, said he was not aware of any zoning requirements for shippers.
âHowever, we have seen electric vehicle charging stations included in some apartment, condo, industrial, hotel and mixed-use developments that we have approved,â Okolichany said. For example, the applicant for the AV2 distribution warehouse near the village of Enka which was approved by the city council earlier this year indicated that the project would include the ability to connect electric vehicle charging stations to the future for its distribution vans. “
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The city is partnering with Duke Energy to provide electric charging stations to the public in parking lots on Wall Street and Rankin Avenue, Okolichany said.
“A third electric vehicle in the parking garage on Biltmore Avenue is privately owned and operated,” he added. âThere is an electric charging station for Parking Services electric vehicles in the Rankin Avenue parking garage. In addition, the city has an electric charging station for its ART electric buses.
In Buncombe County, Planning Director Nathan Pennington said: “There are currently no ordinances or policy requirements that would dictate the inclusion of charging stations in multi-family developments.”
“However, as we begin the process of our Global 2043 Plan, there will likely be community feedback and policy recommendations that will influence future amendments and text standards within our development review processes that would talk about sustainability and green building efforts, âPennington said via email. .
This is the opinion of John Boyle. To submit a question, contact him at 232-5847 or [email protected]