Neighborhood meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month.
The South French Broad neighborhood is located southwest of downtown between South Slope and the River Arts District, specifically in the area surrounding South French Broad Avenue. Its border streets are Hilliard to the north, Choctaw to the south, Asheland to the east, and Ralph to the west.
The Southside neighborhood (of which South French Broad is a part) is one of Asheville’s historically Black/African American neighborhoods which was heavily impacted by urban renewal in the mid-late 20th century. The once tight-knit community was dispersed, family homes were razed, and many residents never returned, changing the neighborhood’s landscape and identity forever. In the last phases of urban renewal, the neighborhood was designed as a small suburb in which some residents were able to build using a HUD subsidy.
Today, South French Broad continues to be an economically and racially diverse community with close access to greenways, community centers, and a variety of commercial and recreational services. Public housing developments including Aston Towers, Bartlett Arms, and Garden Apartments are part of the neighborhood. Additionally, South French Broad features several assets that increase quality of life for all of Asheville residents, such as Aston Park, Murray Hill Park, Asheville Middle School, and YWCA.
South French Broad Neighborhood Association
The South French Broad Neighborhood Association first came together under a Neighborhood Visioning project managed by the City in 2009. At that time the South French Broad motto was adopted as “Know Our Past/Grow Our Future.” The South French Broad Neighborhood Association meets once per month to discuss upcoming City initiatives and concerns that neighbors might need addressed.