Magazine publisher reeling after Wisler’s threat to derail publication

Councilwoman Gwen Wisler speaks during an Asheville City Council meeting September 24, 2019.

A North Asheville magazine publisher says she is working to salvage tens of thousands of dollars in advertising revenue after Asheville City Councilwoman Gwen Wisler took issue with a recent article the magazine published.

The article in question is on the Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County’s efforts to stop a Charlotte Street development, which is set to demolish a dozen old homes. It’s critical of the developer’s plans and does not quote developers or others in favor of the project.

Wisler, who said she hasn’t expressed an opinion for or against the development, acknowledges that she told Montford & North Asheville Neighbors Publisher Christine Priola in an email that she would “reach out to all of your advertisers.” However, she said she didn’t actually reach out to any, and if the magazine has lost revenue, it’s not from anything she did. 

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