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Feb 07

Going There: When Your Hometown Gets Hot

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Date February 7, 2017
Time 7 PM - 8:30 PM


Diana Wortham Theatre
2 S Pack Square
Asheville, NC 28801

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Those who live there already know this: Western North Carolina has become "hot."

Chefs, brewers, artists and outdoor enthusiasts are flocking to Asheville, putting the city on the map as a food and craft-beer paradise. Affluent retirees are drawn by the state's low taxes and rich amenities: deep-rooted Appalachian culture, abundant recreation and mild climate.

But amid the benefits can come a downside: affordable housing is now becoming more scarce, especially for workers in the growing tourism industry. Even longtime residents have begun to fear being displaced or priced out. As more newcomers arrive, are their expectations coming into conflict with those who have called the area home for generations?

Join NPR's Michel Martin and WCQS for a unique live event, an evening of conversation, storytelling and performance, to talk about the benefits and tensions that emerge when an area becomes a popular place to live. Who is writing the future of Western North Carolina? Join us and find out.

It's the latest in the NPR event series, Michel Martin: Going There, and will be produced in partnership with WCQS | Western North Carolina Public Radio. Join the conversation on Twitter with #HotHometown and at @NPRMichel.

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