Wow @NC Paddler - you let loose a tempest in a teapot
Prostitution in Asheville is really nothing new. It's been a well known fact in this area for many, many years - pretty much as long as I can remember.
They used to congregate over on Lexington Avenue - Those nice condos by the US Cellular Center used to be one of the more well known hooker hotels - I think it was called the Interstate Motel. I remember seeing them all lined up around that corner with Lexington when I was a kid. Then Lexington started having a renaissance of sorts (late 80's maybe?) then they all moved over to Ashland Avenue right next to the Hot Spot ... until the city tore down those abandoned houses.
Then they moved over the Coxe Avenue (appropriate I know
) until the condos went in .. then they went to South French Broad and I guess now with the "South Slope" development and trend they've been moved over the West Asheville ... My point being is that Prostitution is, while not a huge issue, has been a fixture in the Asheville area for a very long time.
I am ashamed that I know so much about this
LOL - But like Asheville Native says, the rose colored glasses do have to come off and Asheville does have its warts. We have crime, we have prostitution, we have homelessness, we have drug abuse. Everything is not perfect in Asheville ... she is what she is ... The real question is whether or not she's perfect for you?