The Rise of Asheville: An Exceptional History of Community Building

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Saving Downtown Asheville
A Gift Wrapped for the Future

Stone Soup
A Lasting Tribute to the Power of Community

MANNA Food Bank
Feeding the Hungry in Western North Carolina

HandMade in America
Creating a New Paradigm for Economic Prosperity

River Arts District
A Community of Artists Emerges from Deserted
Remnants of a Bygone Era

Smoky Mountain Host
We’re Part of the State, Too

The Great Smoky Mountains Golf Association
Playing a Round Together

Blue Ridge National Heritage Area
Widening the Scope of Regional Partnerships

The Family Store
Collaboration Preserved Asheville’s Jewish Heritage

YMI and The Block
Growth and Revival of a Community Center

The Magic of Collaboration

As newcomers flocked to Asheville over the last fifty years, they joined with locals to breathe new energy into the city. Sometimes called the Asheville One Thousand, these folks didn’t necessarily intend to be entrepreneurs, community organizers and business leaders, but when they saw a challenge, they rose to it. Stone Soup became a gathering place and laid the foundation for Asheville’s natural food culture. MANNA Food Bank emerged to help solve hunger. And the River Arts District turned into a vibrant cultural center for upcoming artists. Join author Marilyn Ball as she traces the bonds of community that gave rise to Asheville today.

From the Asheville Citizen-Times: In ‘Rise of Asheville,’ Ball recounts transformation

WCQS interview with David Hurand

From Mountain Xpress

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Barnes and Noble

Asheville Museum

The Captain’s Bookshelf

Weaverville Drug Company

Battery Park Book Exchange

Asheville Chamber of Commerce

Arcadia Publishing and The History Press