The official listing for a job at the U.S. Cellular Center, from the city of Asheville's website

Raise wrangling

About 140 city employees make less than a living wage. More on that issue, and how Council’s now considering a…

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An interview with Mayor Esther Manheimer

Asheville’s mayor talks about her first year in office, controversies, a defense of the city’s actions, turf battles and more…

Pipeline

The moveable meeting

Exiled from City Hall due to a burst pipe Asheville City Council opposes a development, prepares to duel over a powerful…

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Don’t feed the tourists

An important public service announcement to the citizens of Asheville about the strange, potentially lethal creatures migrating to our land…

Raise wrangling

The official listing for a job at the U.S. Cellular Center, from the city of Asheville's website

About 140 city employees make less than a living wage. More on that issue, and how Council’s now considering a raise Above: the job description for a U.S. Cellular Center worker in “specialized unskilled work.” The job, like many others at the center, pays below…

An interview with Mayor Esther Manheimer

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Asheville’s mayor talks about her first year in office, controversies, a defense of the city’s actions, turf battles and more Above: Mayor Esther Manheimer, photo by Max Cooper In 2013 Esther Manheimer, after a term on Asheville City Council, won the mayor’s seat decisively. But…

The moveable meeting

Pipeline

Exiled from City Hall due to a burst pipe Asheville City Council opposes a development, prepares to duel over a powerful board and gets an earful Above: anti-fracking and Keystone XL pipeline protesters outside the U.S. Cellular Center, Asheville City Council’s temporary location due to a…

Don’t feed the tourists

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An important public service announcement to the citizens of Asheville about the strange, potentially lethal creatures migrating to our land Above: peeling ‘wayfinding’ sign for tourists heading downtown, 2010. Photo © Jason Sandford. Used with permission. Dear citizens of Asheville, Due to the synergistic factors of…

Searching for a pot of gold

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In a time of growing demand, calls for reform and uncertain budgets, the Asheville Transit Committee sets some priorities for where the cash will go Above: The Asheville Transit Committee gathers for its Jan. 6 meeting, around one of those photographically vexing projectors city meeting…

Different roads: the future of Asheville’s public housing

A 1964 booklet from the Housing Authority of the City of Asheville, touting increased tax values from urban renewal. From UNCA, D. H. Ramsey Library Special Collections

There’s a major debate about the future of Asheville’s public housing. Here’s a regularly updated account of what’s happening and why it matters. Above: a 1964 booklet from the Housing Authority of the City of Asheville touting “urban renewal” programs. The devastating impact of that…

The year at the Blade

Fireworks outside City Hall. Photo by Bill Rhodes.

A look at how the Asheville Blade came to be, what we did in 2014 and a thank you to the community that’s made it possible. Above: Fireworks outside City Hall. Photo by Bill Rhodes. I initially hesitated about writing this post. For all that…

Dismantling the beast

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As ongoing protests raise the issue of racial injustice and police violence, dismantling racism here will take a harder look within Above: Protesters gather in downtown Asheville after a grand jury refused to indict an NYPC officer for the killing of Eric Garner. Photo by…

When the city doesn’t pay a living wage

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For years, city government has claimed to pay a living wage. But there’s a big exception that leaves some city workers making far less Above: Lauren Bacchus, in front of the U.S. Cellular Center box office where she worked. Along with 139 other city employees, Bacchus…

Who to call when your boss steals your pay

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Some useful resources for Ashevillians fighting wage theft, discrimination, safety problems and violations of their legal rights in the workplace Above: Some of the rights guaranteed employees under federal law. Along with the holiday shopping spree, wages and working conditions are a topic of no…

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