LoveNotConversion

No more

It’s time to bring the focus on violence against trans people as the Fix Society movement pushes locally for justice,…

DowntownbyNight

After the sunshine

A look at the Blade’s attempts to get public records from the city, what happened to them, and how long…

CityRenovations

Open and shut

Behind the numbers, criticisms, praise and efforts to reform how Asheville accesses public information about its own government and its…

ASRWImage

Power to the servers

Asheville’s food service workers mobilize to demand better conditions, protection for their rights and a share of a booming industry…

No more

LoveNotConversion

It’s time to bring the focus on violence against trans people as the Fix Society movement pushes locally for justice, better services and an end to hate Above: A flier for the recent Fix Society rally and forum in Asheville. Photo by Jennifer M. Barge.…

After the sunshine

DowntownbyNight

A look at the Blade’s attempts to get public records from the city, what happened to them, and how long they took Above: City Hall by moonlight, photo by Max Cooper As part of a recent Sunshine Week collaboration with the Asheville Citizen-Times, the Blade looked…

Open and shut

CityRenovations

Behind the numbers, criticisms, praise and efforts to reform how Asheville accesses public information about its own government and its records Above: Workers on scaffolding outside City Hall during recent renovations. Photo by Bill Rhodes. Every year Sunshine Week, which ended Saturday, marks a time…

Power to the servers

ASRWImage

Asheville’s food service workers mobilize to demand better conditions, protection for their rights and a share of a booming industry Above: The image of the Asheville Sustainable Restaurant Workforce, designed by Jessi Steelman. On the cold, blustery afternoon of Feb. 23 about 15 people gathered…

From Appalachia to Ferguson

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A conversation with activist Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson about regional solidarity, organizing for justice and how Asheville can win its struggles Above: Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson during the Chattanooga Day of Resistance protests. Photo by Jared Story. A few years ago, some might have asked why a…

Half hour

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An e-cigarette ban, delayed public hearings, repairing the Vance Monument and background checks for school board members in an unusually short Asheville City Council meeting Above: Council member Jan Davis, file photo by Max Cooper. “Short” is a relative term when it comes to Asheville…

Who represents downtown?

Fireworks outside City Hall. Photo by Bill Rhodes.

Despite the regard given them by local government, the Downtown Association has some very controversial positions and only speaks for a sliver of this changing area. Who actually represents the city’s core is a much larger — and overdue — question. Above: Fireworks over downtown…

These streets aren’t made for walking

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Despite Asheville’s aspirations of being a first-rate city, this is a place dangerously focused around cars. How that happened and how we can change it. Above: A pedestrian tries to navigate Tunnel Road. Photo by Don Kostelec Human beings are designed for walking. Our streets…

Snow day

SnowDay

Council gives controversial Craggy subdivision the go-ahead, some gentry throw a fit about ‘undesirables’ and the police buy more surveillance equipment Above: City-County Plaza, with the Buncombe County Courthouse and City Hall on the snowy morning of Feb. 24 In the morning hours before Asheville…

I believe in justice

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A recent immigration executive order promises to give relief to hardworking families, including mine. That’s now in limbo, but we fought to get here and we’ll keep fighting for justice Con cariño Victoria comparte a su gente en Español Above: An image from the Not…

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