Press release from the University of North Carolina - Asheville on October 23, 2007 about the Special Collection Library's acquisition of the Urban Renewal Files of Asheville.
"City of Asheville Donates Urban Renewal Files to UNC Asheville; Documents Record Dramatic Changes in Historic African American Neighborhoods
When UNC Asheville junior Reed Fornoff started his internship at Mountain Housing Opportunities, he was hoping for a job that that would match his interest in urban planning. Little did he know that his first task for the organization, a local nonprofit which provides affordable housing to low-income residents, would become an intriguing exploration into Asheville's past.
In his first week of work, Fornoff was charged with conducting neighborhood research using files that detailed the redevelopment of the East Riverside neighborhood during the late 1960s. He began by locating and retrieving the documents that had been stored away for 40 years."
Photo credited to Kristan E. Shawgo