In 2012 volunteers from Downtown Asheville Residential Neighbors (DARN), Keller Williams and the Asheville Downtown Association developed a Walkability Study for Downtown Asheville. Volunteers phogographed and ranked priority areas around downtown where pedestrian safety was comprimised. The study was presented to the Downtown Commission and the City of Asheville's Transportation Department. The city has begun work on some of the more dangerous areas.
In 2015, an update and additional areas were observed, including the South Slope. Please see more here.