A firsthand look at the unique 'rural city' at the foot of the Southern Appalachian Mountains.

Last week, we began a month-long expedition across eight cities in the US and Canada in search of inspiration in the way people live, work, play, and connect with one another. Over the course of our journey, we’ll be sharing dispatches from the road here -‘snapshots‘ of the inspiring people, businesses, and ideas we come across in some of North America’s most unique, and uniquely livable, burgs.

Our first stop: Asheville, North Carolina, a smallish city of roughly 69,000 residents, situated two hours northwest of Charlotte at the foot of the Southern Appalachian Mountains.

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