River Arts District: Asheville's Artistic Center Reimagined
The heart of Asheville’s creative spirit resides in this colorful neighborhood, where once-bustling mills now house 200+ artist studios. The River Arts District now is better than ever thanks to a multi-million dollar community redevelopment project completed in spring 2021.
The expansive RADTIP improvement project, undertaken by the city of Asheville with support from the tourism community, has helped make it easier and safer for you to explore Asheville's artistic center thanks to improved roads and traffic flow. At the heart of the project is the Wilma Dykeman Greenway, a new paved 2-mile greenway along the French Broad River that features new public artwork. You'll also find new bike lanes, paved sidewalks, river access and better parking. The project has been in the works for 10 years and construction began five years ago.