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  • Weeks, William
    • Other Affiliation: Director, MAY Coalition
  • Mitchell, Avery and Yancey Counties can be found in North Carolina's claim on Appalachia. Their beauty is exquisite, boasting the highest peaks east of the Mississippi including Mount Mitchell, the Roan and Grandfather Mountain. The Blue Ridge Parkway and the Continental Divide define the region's eastern border and the Appalachian Trail winds in and out of Tennessee along the western border. It's a land of clear, cold trout streams where woods entangled in mountain laurel and rhododendron open to reveal spectacular mountain vistas. Its cooler climate attracts Floridians in the summer, skiers in the winter and leaf enthusiasts in the fall. The area's unsurpassed beauty is its greatest asset, but this splendor has created a number of ironies for the people who have traditionally called this place home. One such paradox is the contrast between the old wealth of summer residents in communities like Linville and Grandfather Mountain and generations-old poverty in neighboring communities. Conflicting interests arise between these two groups on issues such as how tax money should be spent and where industry should locate. The same mountains and geographical isolation that fostered independence also discouraged industrial development.
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  • Carolina Planning Journal
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  • 18
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  • 2
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  • 17
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  • 20
  • English
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