In the spring of 2020, the City of Asheville launched several temporary initiatives to support safe business operations and customer access to goods and services during COVID-19. These “AVL Shares Space” initiatives enabled businesses and organizations to quickly expand outdoors, generally into adjacent public spaces and parking lots, with the primary goal of supporting the local economy while facilitating alignment with public health guidance. To date, over 100 businesses have been authorized to expand outdoors. More information, including other guiding principles and goals of the program can be found here.
The City would like to collect public feedback on the successes and impacts of each initiative in order to assess possibilities for longer-term programs.
Please let us know how you’ve interacted with any or all of these initiatives, and provide feedback on your experience.