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Eating the elephant

A bevy of items — including drug enforcement, housing and the interstate — lead to a long and occasionally contentious…

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Pushback

Hundreds of Ashevillians showed up to protest Donald Trump’s Sept. 12 rally, running into the thousands that showed up for…

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Clampdown

The response to recent protests by APD leaders and the city attorney’s office is marked by petty retaliation, contempt for civil…

Incomemap

Chamber music

Asheville’s political culture is lately turning to wealthy executives to craft the response the affordable housing crisis. Excluding the people most…

Eating the elephant

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A bevy of items — including drug enforcement, housing and the interstate — lead to a long and occasionally contentious Council meeting Above: Asheville City Council member Julie Mayfield. File photo by Max Cooper. The Sept. 16 Asheville City Council meeting was a long one,…

Pushback

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Hundreds of Ashevillians showed up to protest Donald Trump’s Sept. 12 rally, running into the thousands that showed up for the event. Here are scenes from that day Above: Protesters and police outside the Civic Center entrance during the Sept. 12 Trump rally. Photos by…

Clampdown

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The response to recent protests by APD leaders and the city attorney’s office is marked by petty retaliation, contempt for civil liberties and repeatedly shifting explanations, giving locals of all political stripes cause for major concern. Above: a slide in an Aug. 3 APD presentation about…

Chamber music

Incomemap

Asheville’s political culture is lately turning to wealthy executives to craft the response the affordable housing crisis. Excluding the people most affected by the crisis while giving leadership to those who caused or profited from it is a bad idea. Above: a map of city areas…

Veto-proof?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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…

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