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Veto-proof?

While most attention is focused on the presidential and gubernatorial races, WNC’s state legislature seats will help shape the future…

Council member Cecil Bothwell, one of three who opposed giving more money to the Economic Development Coalition due to problems with the Chamber of Commerce's political positions. Photo by Max Cooper.

Bond bargaining

Council sends the first bond referendum in nearly 20 years to the voters in a short meeting that illuminates the…

CityRenovations

Triple bonded

This November city voters might have the choice over $74 million for affordable housing, transportation and parks and rec. Behind…

ManheimerBudget

Catch-up

Lessons from Council’s summer days. South Asheville organizes, process woes send bus system plans back to the drawing board, the…

Veto-proof?

StateHouseDistrictsWNC

While most attention is focused on the presidential and gubernatorial races, WNC’s state legislature seats will help shape the future of North Carolina politics With election season in swing, the Blade will run occasional perspectives from locals, especially focusing on politics in our corner of…

Bond bargaining

Council member Cecil Bothwell, one of three who opposed giving more money to the Economic Development Coalition due to problems with the Chamber of Commerce's political positions. Photo by Max Cooper.

Council sends the first bond referendum in nearly 20 years to the voters in a short meeting that illuminates the divides ahead Above: Asheville City Council member Cecil Bothwell. File photo by Max Cooper. Asheville City Council’s Aug. 9 meeting was a short one, just…

Triple bonded

CityRenovations

This November city voters might have the choice over $74 million for affordable housing, transportation and parks and rec. Behind Asheville’s first bond referendum in nearly two decades Above: City Hall under renovation. Photo by Bill Rhodes. Seventy-four million dollars. That is, by any standard,…

Catch-up

ManheimerBudget

Lessons from Council’s summer days. South Asheville organizes, process woes send bus system plans back to the drawing board, the bond vote moves forward and policing comes under serious scrutiny Above: Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer. File photo by Max Cooper. Summer, including this particular, blistering…

Time of tension

WilliamsDemonstration

On July 2, an APD officer shot and killed Jerry Williams. What’s known, what isn’t and what’s behind the public reaction that followed Above: Demonstrators embrace during a July 9 march through downtown. Photo by Micah Mackenzie On July 2, around 7:12 p.m., Asheville Police…

Thank you for your patience

Skyline of downtown Asheville, looking toward the Flat Iron building. Photo by Max Cooper.

Coverage is temporarily delayed due to an injury and trip to see a family member. Thank you, readers, for your continuing patience and support Above: Downtown Asheville by night. Photo by Max Cooper. Hello, Blade readers. I want to thank you all for your patience…

Back to the fire

SUVArt

The controversial company managing Asheville’s bus system almost gets another three years, as a process falls out amid withheld information, major questions, dueling committees and ongoing problems Above: the aging SUV used to ferry transit passengers when the system runs out of buses due to…

Carved

DistrictElection

A state legislator’s trying to drastically gerrymander Asheville’s city elections. Here’s why that push matters, and where it comes from Above: A list of census blocks making up the proposed Council districts in state legislation that would force Asheville to switch to a district system.…

Transicorps!

Terpsicorps

Terpsicorps is mounting a production centered on trans people — without their involvement or aid. Here’s the problem with that, and a satirical counter-suggestion Above: the marquee for Terpsicorps’ Transform production on Biltmore Avenue Recently, controversy erupted over Terpsicorps announcing a production centered around the…

Shut out

BuskingMain

For months, the Asheville Busker’s Collective has tried to deal with city staff in good faith to find common ground. But the latest busking proposal is more restrictive than ever, and will hurt our local culture and livelihoods Above: The Stillwater Hobos performing in a…

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