Pack Memorial Library kicks off panel discussions about Asheville in the 1980s


The fine folks at Pack Memorial Library have organized what looks like a fascinating series of panel discussions about Asheville in the 1980s. The first discussion will be held beginning at 6 p.m. on Wednesday in the library’s Lord Auditorium. The program is sponsored by the Friends of the North Carolina Room.

The first panel will talk about the effort to save buildings on 11 acres of downtown Asheville from being torn down and rebuilt as a downtown mall. The discussion, featuring Jan Schochet, Wayne Caldwell and Peggy Gardner, will focus on the Save Downtown Asheville movement.

Here’s the list of the other discussions:

Wednesday May 25: Businesses, Restaurants and Food Stores. Moderator: Rob Pulleyn

Wednesday June 29: Social Activism & Social Agencies. Moderators: Ann Von Brock and Ellen Clarke

Wednesday July 27: Arts, Theater & Music. Moderators: Deborah Austin and Phyllis Lang

Wednesday August 31: Downtown Housing & the State of Buildings. Moderators: Kevan Frazier and Erin Derham

Wednesday September 28: Politics and Civic Engagement. Moderators: Leslie Anderson and Becky Anderson

Image link for the fabric wrap in downtown Asheville.