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Aloft not just a hotel, also 404-space downtown parking deck

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Larry Halstead is a tech nerd with an affinity for arts & sports. Reppin' the hard streets of South Asheville for almost 15 years. He's made this city home and has vowed to never stop fighting to keep it as weird & unique as possible.

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The Aloft Hotel parking deck opened Tuesday, bringing new parking spots to an area city studies have shown has a chronic shortage of spaces.

Over at the AC-T, Jason has the scoop:

A 404-space public parking lot officially opened Tuesday beneath the new Aloft Hotel on Biltmore Avenue.

The deck, which allowed some free parking late last week, started charging customers Tuesday, said Harry Brown, the city’s parking services manager. Like other city-run lots, the first hour of parking is free and costs $1 an hour from then on.

The deck opening brings new parking to a downtown area that city studies have shown experiences a chronic shortage of spaces. It replaces a 100-space surface parking lot and a Hot Dog King restaurant.

“We waited 13 years for the city to pull the trigger on getting a parking deck on this side of downtown,” said Eberhardt Heide, owner of the Asheville Wine Market, a next-door neighbor.

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  1. Zensane August 31, 2012

    I’d like to know why they had to do a “study” to determine that there isn’t enough parking downtown. Isn’t that easily observable without paying for a study to determine that? I understand that people need to walk more, but the reality of the situation is that most people’s lives do actually require a car. And that’s coming from a hardcore sustainability professional. Change starts with compassion folks, and a recognition of what we’re actually dealing with.

    I live in the mountains and usually only drive in to do some sort of public service work and trying to find parking is always an issue. There’s kinda something off about people having to pay to park when they’re just coming in to contribute and get out of there.

    Downtown Asheville is not an attractive place to visit really. The BB&T building is an eyesore and could use a good washing. It looms over the canvas like a dirty embarrassment. I don;t know how the downtown of a town that prides itself so much on being progressive and artistic and sustainable could be so dirty, concrete and machine-like. It’s just bizarre to me. And trust you me, I’m all for just getting in and out of there and back into nature.

    And what the pregnant contributor said is actually important, despite rude commentary and hateful, embarrassing insults. I look at back and forth like that and think of people who don’t live here seeing such things and saying “I don’t want to go there. These people are jackals!” Maybe try having a little more personal and community pride and dignity and try to avoid going there. What she brought up is important because there are a lot of people in the community who DO have legitimate, physical mobility issues and such should also be considered. And who are you to say what her limitations or need for a doctor are. I will say this, the only cure for a hateful tongue is to get heart centered instead of head centered and to love and act on compassion. There’s another reason you won’t see me there more. Backwards activists who think activism equates to hate-ism. Backwards, very backwards, and you are wrong to talk to others like that. Go sort your own heart before you try to save the trees, man. You’ll then likely find you are more successful.

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  2. Boba August 24, 2012

    So, is this lot owned by the city or the hotel? I hope the city is getting a FAT take out from those fees. I too remember when it was a sad chainlink fence enclosed busted ass parking lot. Those were the good ol days. LOL

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  3. AB August 23, 2012

    Ashevillian is right, these lazy people need to walk. While were at it, whats up with these restaurants opening up? People need to get off their asses and start hunting and gathering. Galleries??? WTF??? Its time to start making your own art fatties. You know what area is really congested? Mission hospital. If people would stop being so weak and sick my bike ride home down biltmore would be much more enjoyable. Geez.

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    1. SuckItMcGee August 23, 2012

      You need roads? Cut your own way through lazy. I hope you built that bike of yours yourself.

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  4. Forrest August 22, 2012

    Ashevillian….get a clue…people drive…get over it.

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  5. Jeff August 22, 2012

    Ashevillian ~ I just want to park one car.

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  6. ashevillain August 22, 2012

    We don’t need parking spaces for more cars. We need fewer lazy people…people who can put one foot in front of the other and walk an extra block or two.

    It’s just like the interstate highway system. One rationale for starting it was that it would reduce traffic/congestion. It has done the exact opposite. There are more cars and more congestion now. This parking deck will be the same way. More cars will be parked at any given time and there will still be complaints of a lack of parking.

    We live up to (and through) our means. If we have the means to buy a $5 sandwich, we will want the $6 sandwich. If we have the means to park 404 cars, we will want to park 405 cars.

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    1. Liz August 22, 2012

      “We need fewer lazy people…people who can put one foot in front of the other and walk an extra block or two”.

      Yea…like as if I’m going to walk when I can drive up and use this instead of walking my pregnant butt another mile to get where I’m going with bad hips. Also, I live 30 miles away from downtown…so why not drive the extra mile for easy parking? That was a dumb comment.

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      1. Jeff Murphy August 22, 2012

        maybe instead of bitching about another comment …

        you should get your “pregnant butt” your doctors office and get a handicapped parking permit … if indeed you can’t walk a block or two ..

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