Friday, March 19, 2004

Eco-Sensitive in Asheville 

Just ten minutes from downtown Asheville, the growing community of Fairview, North Carolina and Eastwood Village, brainchild of Harry Pilos of Delphi Development of Asheville can be found. Eastwood is working to create a walking community "mountain style". There are single-family homes, apartments, and the retail spaces all within easy access to each other. Instead on stacking multi-storied apartments near busy highways, Eastwood "blends in" with the surrounding mountains.

This development is in the arts-and-crafts style ...one and two-story retail ,single family homes featuring real stonework, real cedar, jacuzzi tubs, and then multi-storied apartments. The villgae appears to amble up the mountainside in a natural progression. There are outdoor grills, gazeboes, and playgrounds. .

.Fairview, North Carolina is indeed prospering and Eastwood Village's eco-friendly approach is a major part of it. One other plus in Fairview's and Eastwood's favor in keeping it ecologically healthy is its designation as a "Scenic Byway" by the State of North Carolina. This was the first five-lane road to receive this distinction. The designation should help keep U.S. Hwy. 74-A an "uncluttered" approach to Asheville for years to come.

I will update this post in the future to let you know if Fairview stays the course.

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