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‘Black lives matter’

Last night, hundreds gathered in downtown to protest the Ferguson grand jury decision. Here are images from photographer Max Cooper of…

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Cultural change at the APD must continue

In the controversy over Chief Anderson’s departure, it’s easy to forget the improvements of recent years, changes that must continue…

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A quick guide to Cityspeak

Strategic goals! Best practices! Benchmarks! Here’s a guide to that jargon city officials are so fond of, what it means…

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Transgender Day of Remembrance

This week locals gathered for Transgender Day of Remembrance. Local photographer Ezra Campbell captured these images of Thursday night’s vigil.…

‘Black lives matter’

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Last night, hundreds gathered in downtown to protest the Ferguson grand jury decision. Here are images from photographer Max Cooper of that protest and vigil. Above: Vigil attendees in front of the Vance Monument last night. Photo by Max Cooper. Last night, a quickly organized rally…

Cultural change at the APD must continue

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In the controversy over Chief Anderson’s departure, it’s easy to forget the improvements of recent years, changes that must continue Above: the cover of the Asheville Police Department’s strategic plan, unveiled this summer During the discussion about the current turmoil and fraught history of the…

A quick guide to Cityspeak

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Strategic goals! Best practices! Benchmarks! Here’s a guide to that jargon city officials are so fond of, what it means and why it matters Above: City Hall at night. Photo by Max Cooper If you’ve attended an Asheville City Council meeting, pored over one of…

Transgender Day of Remembrance

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This week locals gathered for Transgender Day of Remembrance. Local photographer Ezra Campbell captured these images of Thursday night’s vigil. Above: A vigil attendee lights a candle near Vance monument to memorialize lives lost due to transphobia. This Thursday was Transgender Day of Remembrance, with…

The blind spot

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Asheville’s diverse — if you’re white and cisgender. For trans people and many, many others, it’s a far harsher place Above: the Transgender Pride Flag. It may be awhile before this one hangs on City Hall. Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance, an international day…

Exit the chief

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As APD Chief Anderson declares his retirement amid controversy, the city faces a police department with a fraught history and an uncertain future Above: APD Chief William Anderson, photo by Max Cooper. In the hallowed tradition of big government news announcements, this one came after…

Quick hit

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Asheville City Council dishes out housing grants, passes rezonings, takes criticism and goes behind closed doors in a short meeting Above: A map of a proposed subdivision on South Charlotte Street, bordering downtown, from city documents. Compared to the multi-controversy cavalcade that was the last…

What happened election night

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Despite a GOP tide, Buncombe sees Democratic upsets and major changes to the local political landscape. Here’s what it means. Above: An election worker brings a data card containing a precinct’s results into the Buncombe County Board of Elections late Nov. 4. Photo by Bill Rhodes. The polls…

Asheville needs — and can pass — a real minimum wage

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Asheville’s workers are badly underpaid. Local government could change that by requiring businesses to pay a living wage. Will they? Above: a map from the National Low Income Housing Coalition showing how many hours working for the current $7.25 minimum wage are required to afford…

Three fight night

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Consultants sent in to solve police woes, controversial naming deal approved, Duke won’t shut down coal plant and more in a packed, contentious evening for Asheville City Council Above: the future SECU plaza outside the Asheville Art Museum, considerably more serene than Tuesday night’s debate…

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