has written 3 SperlingViews. Currently, Rob is living in Candler, NC and has a little something to say:
Don't move here-There are no living wage jobs! Posted On: 8/20/2011 8:25:19 PM
As of August 2011 Asheville is reeling from the economic depression America is in. There are virtually no living wage jobs to be had, businesses have closed, house prices are falling, & the pawn shops are full of people trying to raise cash to survive. This town hypes itself as a great place but it is only the scenery that lives up to the hype. Residential and car burglaries are up, including home invasion robberies. Don't be duped by local business organizations into moving here. Conduct your own research and think twice, or thrice!
don't move here, the job scene stinks Posted On: 9/19/2007 6:18:11 AM
As a native of rural NY State I moved here 21 years ago and remain here ONLY because I've made some money in real estate. The job scene in Asheville stinks. Don't be surprised to find yourself competing for a job with less qualified provincial hicks, only to find that you lose! The provincial igorance and bigotry one encounters here can be quite shocking especially when one considers that it is the norm. Moronic rock stars, professional wrestlers, & stock car drivers are revered here. Tobacco use and illiteracy are encountered constantly. Wealthy retirees sequester themselves from the sociological quagmire via gated communities. If this is what you are looking for, then Asheville is for you!!!
Asheville quality of life is deteriorating rapidly Posted On: 7/30/2006 8:52:30 AM
Asheville boosters never mention the lousy employment scene and relatively high home costs in relation to wages. Most musicians working in downtown Asheville venues are foolishly working for peanuts entertaining relatively wealthy tourists. The entire arts community is controlled by a couple of cliques which are best avoided. Mediocre homeboy musician rock stars who appeal to the dumbed down masses are revered in Asheville. So many people are moving here that natives of the area are being locked out of home ownership. Congestion, sprawl, and pollution are eroding what used to be a very pleasant quality of life. Xenophobia and provincial bigotry are encountered often in daily life here. Appalachian culture is an oxymoron.
The climate is nice and so is the scenery. Certain subtropical plants will winter over outside here (such as Trachycarpus Fortunei aka Windmill Palm).