ManheimerBudget

Under pressure

Tensions escalate over short-term rentals and the city budget as Council decides exactly how far it will go — for…

CityRenovations

We are a city of renters

From Airbnb to city boards, too much of our politics focuses on property owners, but renters are half the city’s…

LeeWalkerChoi

The deal goes down

The Lee Walker Heights overhaul is one of the largest housing deals in Asheville’s history. It just took a major…

CurrinFilePhoto

Obstacle course

Asheville’s City Attorney has consistently taken stances against basic government transparency. It’s time for Council, and the people, to demand…

Under pressure

ManheimerBudget

Tensions escalate over short-term rentals and the city budget as Council decides exactly how far it will go — for now Above: Mayor Esther Manheimer, who cast the deciding vote against allowing Airbnb-style rentals in the city’s garage and basement apartments Rowdy is not usually…

We are a city of renters

CityRenovations

From Airbnb to city boards, too much of our politics focuses on property owners, but renters are half the city’s population. It’s time to listen to them seriously. City Hall under renovation. Photo by Bill Rhodes. If you haven’t heard, Airbnb and its ilk are…

The deal goes down

LeeWalkerChoi

The Lee Walker Heights overhaul is one of the largest housing deals in Asheville’s history. It just took a major step forward, as the city also cut a deal with Duke Above: The Lee Walker question, art by Paul Choi Welcome back, readers. Thank you…

Obstacle course

CurrinFilePhoto

Asheville’s City Attorney has consistently taken stances against basic government transparency. It’s time for Council, and the people, to demand better of a major public servant Above: Asheville City Attorney Robin Currin. File photo by Max Cooper. Recent events in Asheville have turned an eye,…

The wheel turns

WheelTurnmain

Council condemns HB2 after some last-minute changes, sketches out the coming budget and gives the go-ahead for a major greenway, over some opposition. Also: bear selfies. Above: Anti-HB2 protesters move onto the space near the Vance Monument after a smaller, pro-HB2 demonstration leaves on April…

Crunch the numbers

Asheville City Council member Gordon Smith. File photo by Max Cooper.

Council gets a first look at the budget, hikes (some) fees, checks up on short-term rentals and tries to take a swing at (eventually) solving West Asheville’s parking crunch Above: Asheville City Council member Gordon Smith. File photo by Max Cooper. By the time Asheville…

Nothing about us without us

HallFletcherCrowd

Hall Fletcher families grapple with a lack of transparency and democracy in a city school restructuring that threatens to make issues of segregation even worse Above: Hall Fletcher families, teachers and staff gather on Feb. 2 to offer proposals for restructuring their school. Photo by…

How we got here

Anti HB2 rally-Main

The sweeping effects of HB2, the local response and a look at how Asheville and North Carolina got to this point Above: Opponents of HB2 gather on March 24 to express their opposition to the bill. Photos by Bill Rhodes. It was a windy, grey afternoon…

Not over yet

ManheimerBudget

Body cameras, public housing, the fate of a public square and no action on LGBT protections as Council swings back from the end of winter Above: Mayor Esther Manheimer. File photo by Max Cooper. February was an unusually light month for Asheville City Council. So…

The map and the territory

WNCSanders

WNC is Sanders territory, local upsets, the repulse of the far-right and more on what the happened in Tuesday’s primaries Above: Statewide election results map showing the precincts won by Bernie Sanders in beige and the ones won by Hillary Clinton in red. With long…

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