Pack Square

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Lovin' Life
Jaffrey, NH382 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
the square has potential to be a nice respite in the downtown area but the removal of a monument (no idea what was there) gives the place a sad vibe. Maybe the city should place something else in the space so when you look at the pig figures you don't see the empty pedestal behind it.
Written April 5, 2024
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Bill P
Atlanta, GA282 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
There is something magical about Pack Square. It truly emphasizes Asheville's atmosphere and spirit. Freedom; especially freedom of speech. You never quite certain what you will find. Streets may be closed for a festival--everyone welcome. Various vendors ply their wares, selling whatever products mesh with the theme of the particular festival. Maybe a preacher strolling past seeking souls; then there is a busker [street performer] singing tunes for a donation from passers-by. Maybe ladies walking topless and nary drawing a glance since that's legal and accepted in Asheville. Perhaps spot two guys carry signs promoting conservative stances. Another time, there are a few liberals holding signs espousing their perspective. Yet, rarely have I witnessed an angered fist or loud words in opposition. They seemed to have learned how to disagree without being disagreeable.
Lots of art and creativity and friendliness. Heck, this more than about Pack Square, its the whole warmth and camaraderie exuded from the citizenry. Not saying there is an absence of cranky people--they do exist--but the kindness and accepting differences in others make for a gentle community.
Written September 2, 2023
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jgbtravels
Louisville, KY4,413 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
Fortunately there was an arts and crafts fair when we went that made it worthwhile to get off the trolley and peruse the merchandise. In fact I picked up some cute earrings for my daughter. It really looked festive that day. Of course there is that monument base where I believe there was a Confederate statue that has since been removed. I did see one homeless person stumble through the area but nothing compared to what one reviewer saw a couple of years ago. The arts and crafts show was on a Saturday if that helps.
Written June 7, 2023
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E6959QEanthonys
32 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Sat at bar, good service & pub food. Truffle fries were good and my Bison Burger was excellent. Salads are large.
Written November 30, 2022
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HMS
Pembroke, NC198 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Friends
Best place we ate at in Asheville. Salad was fresh and the buttermilk dill dressing was great. Steak and potatoes cooked perfect. Pasta and chicken dishwas good.
Written August 25, 2022
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BentleyBoy
Central Florida, FL834 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Despite 1 negative review I read here, I didn't see any 'filth". Homeless people are part of life now. You simply give them a buck or 2 and move-on. I found the entire Historical Downtown Area fascinating, filled with interesting people and great shops/ restaurants. I simply parked my Sprinter RV curbside, in a handicapped zone, and rode my e-Bike all through it for hours. Stopping for lunch (Sushi) and shopping at all the cool Hippie-Style Boutiques and Galleries. There's even one Hippie Shop where they specialize in Tie-Dyed Clothing & T-Shirts and Memorability dedicated to 'The Dude' from "The Big Lobowski" movie. Had already seen the Riverfront Area previously so, I concentrated on the Downtown culminating my journey at Pack Park. Very peaceful. "The Dude Abides"...
Written July 10, 2022
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D K
13 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
Visited on 9/12/2021. Area is filled with vagrants. People are begging for doggy bags or money. The place is absolutely filthy!! In the adjacent areas are needle collection bins, un-eaten food, beer cans and cigarette butts. I would stay (5) blocks from this area unless this is ok with you!
Written September 14, 2021
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Jessica R
Durham, North Carolina, United States11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
Lively area, lots of foot traffic & interesting characters. Great restaurants, including the Noodle Shop.
Written September 11, 2021
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ZenHealer7
Asheville, NC2,261 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
The hallmark of this place is the hordes of homeless people who squat here and in the surrounding areas, and Asheville is quite famous and proud of its homeless population. The entire square looks a bit shabby and is desperate need of a facelift.
Written July 28, 2021
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tailsock
Raleigh, NC903 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Pack Square is quite simply the still beating heart of Asheville. It really is their version of Trafalgar Square. It's a place to relax, people watch, grab dinner, dessert, have a coffee on a bench, or bask in the sun. There are a few monuments and art sculptures on one side with cafes and restaurants on the other. From here you can view several examples of architecture that helps define Asheville. The square is slowly and steadily dominated by hipsters the closer it gets to sundown. It's not uncommon to see a Pedal Pub/Beer Bike go by. There are BLM messages alongside messages of love and some anti-police rhetoric on the sidewalk. Families and old couples wearing masks are long gone by then. There were a few homeless lingering around the benches so exercise caution. Check out nearby French Broad Chocolate Lounge for a slice of cake and maybe a cappuccino. We went in early October and the leaves were turning a beautiful yellow as the sun faded. Just a great place to be.
Written October 13, 2020
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