Asheville’s River Arts District is about to change dramatically. A road construction project known as the RAD TIP, or River Arts District Transportation Improvement Plan, calls for millions of dollars of work to re-align and improve Riverside Drive through the heart of the RAD.
The project will further transform the River Arts District into a tourist-friendly destintation. The project comes just as New Belgium Brewing will be opening its new $140 million East Coast brewing operation on Craven Street just across the French Broad River from the RAD. The brewery alone is expected pull thousands of visitors into the area.
Here are five things to know about the River Arts District construction work:
No pedestrian bridge. Because… walking is for a******s. Drive drive drive from downtown to West Asheville everybody! More cars, more trucks, more fumes, more poison, more death, YAY, more oil wars! A pedestrian bridge would ruin all of that! I mean, what kind f*****g s******d wants to walk from one side of the river to the other? The worst kind, that’s who.
It f*****g annoys me that ALL of the “solutions” to traffic issue are to make it easier for more and more cars to squeeze through our town, and NONE of them involve actually reducing traffic with things like light rail, bike paths, stairways, or something as simple and potentially beautiful as a pedestrian bridge. Welcome to the River Car Farts District.
Let’s just all agree that it’s no longer an arts district. Perhaps River Brewery District?
tear down an occupied good building and DO NOT touch a vacant building for the same roundabout? What sense is that?
This will take forever.
It’s actually a 5 way intersection at Clingman/Robers/Lyman/Depot.
From the map, also seems like Clingman Avenue is getting converted to one-way southbound; is this true? I wonder how the developer of the RAD Lofts Bait-And-Switch complex feels about that.
If ever an intersection in town was crying out for a roundabout, it’s that one.
Hey 12 Bones… come on up the hill to East/West Asheville! You will be welcomed with open arms.
Love roundabouts! Bring ’em on…..the keep the traffic moving.
Yes, a big fan of the roundabouts!
oh no! Now there will be no sacred non-trolley spots in a-ville! Bummer