If the city thinks they can stop people from hanging out on the street, they’re wrong. All kinds of folks already pop a squat on the sidewalk around downtown. Do they really think this dumb bench is a solution?
This wouldn’t be the first time the city has tried their hand at bench management. A few years back, the city removed a bench in front of Vanderbilt Apartments. The city also took two benches that faced one another in front of Mobilia on Haywood Street and put them so they were facing away from one another. It was all an attempt to stop reported criminal activity on the street.
The bench on Walnut Street is an official stop on Asheville’s Urban Trail. It’s called Marketplace. Here’s more from city:
A bronze bonnet and a basket of apples rest on a bench as they might have in the 1800s. Notice the double doors on many structures along these roads. The buildings housed produce markets and livery stables with doors large enough to accommodate a horse and wagon.
Thanks to loyal readers Stacey and Tyler for the heads-up.