From the Z-Link blog, some information about a community effort to clean the sidewalk leading to the closed Hillcrest bridge. Z-Link calls itself a "volunteer sidewalk clean-up effort kicked off by city council member Cecil Bothwell and Asheville PARC (People Advocating Real Conservancy)":
Bring a flat bladed shovel, hoe, rake or push broom if you have one, but PARC and my campaign are providing tools and blue bags.
Saturday, June 26, 8:30 a.m. to noon, Chicken Hill
Can you volunteer ONE HOUR to help recover Asheville’s sidewalks? We’ll be clearing the sidewalk to the closed Hillcrest pedestrian bridge, on the city-side of the span. This sidewalk also connects to a stairway leading down to the River District. We’ll meet at the end of Roberts Street near the church. (Turn off Haywood Road at the east end of the French Broad River Bridge, where all the road construction is going on, continue to the sharp curve where the road heads down to the river again.) Contact me.
More about Z-link in this June 22 Ashvegas post that includes a 6-minute video telling more about Z-Link's efforts to clear walkable but hard-to-navigate sidewalks covered by grass and dirt from years of neglect, and to note areas that don't yet have sidewalks but need them.
As Bothwell points out, we all pay our share of taxes, but we don't all get our share of sidewalks.