Skyline of downtown Asheville, looking toward the Flat Iron building. Photo by Max Cooper.

The state of our Asheville

Tomorrow the mayor will give a “TED-talk” presentation on the state of Asheville. It’s time to ask what you think about…

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Fracking in WNC

The twisting tale of how the state legislature sold out our mountains for private gain, why it matters, and what…

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Regulation ricochet

In a packed three hours, Asheville City Council hits issues including burying power lines, housing, graffiti and the surveillance of protesters…

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Not so fast

After buskers mobilize against possible restrictions on their art, an Asheville Council committee decides not to pursue new rules further.…

The state of our Asheville

Skyline of downtown Asheville, looking toward the Flat Iron building. Photo by Max Cooper.

Tomorrow the mayor will give a “TED-talk” presentation on the state of Asheville. It’s time to ask what you think about the state of our city Above: skyline of downtown looking toward the Flat Iron building, photo by Max Cooper Tomorrow, at noon, Asheville Mayor Esther…

Fracking in WNC

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The twisting tale of how the state legislature sold out our mountains for private gain, why it matters, and what you can do about it Above: a map of potential fracking areas in N.C., map courtesy of WNC Frack Free “We promised the people of…

Regulation ricochet

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In a packed three hours, Asheville City Council hits issues including burying power lines, housing, graffiti and the surveillance of protesters Above: power lines over a stretch of grass behind the Aloft Hotel and city parking deck at 51 Biltmore Avenue. The city will pay $250,000…

Not so fast

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After buskers mobilize against possible restrictions on their art, an Asheville Council committee decides not to pursue new rules further. Above: buskers fill the room before yesterday’s meeting of Asheville City Council’s Public Safety Committee. Photo by Max Cooper. Usually, Asheville City Council’s committee meetings…

Busk battles

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With new restrictions possible, Asheville’s buskers become the latest flashpoint in the debate over the future of downtown and its culture. Above: The Stillwater Hobos performing in a still from Erin Derham’s documentary Buskin Blues. The movie delves into Asheville’s busking culture at a time when…

What is ‘affordable housing’ anyway?

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With the city of Asheville considering more incentives for “affordable” and “workforce” housing, it’s worth looking at what that means. Above: An image from the city of Asheville’s documents of the proposed site of 32 “workforce” housing units on the back of the Aloft Hotel…

Tiger, Tiger

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As Asheville catches TIGER grants and plans big changes, a look at city government’s long grapple with the infrastructure beast Above: an image of Riverside Drive and the front of the city’s development plan. The staff and elected officials of the city of Asheville were…

Asheville faces its illusions

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Every city has illusions about its culture. Here’s a list of Asheville’s, because it’s time we started facing our myths Above: Hieronymus Bosch’s “The Conjuror,” with a crowd getting their pockets picked while they watch an illusionist perform. Asheville’s got its own magic, a spell…

Asheville needs unions

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Pay is terrible in Asheville because there’s often no real protection for workers’ rights. To fix that, this city needs unions. Above: The rights assured to all workers under federal law, a key part of what unions help to enforce. Asheville has a wage problem, and…

Come visit the Asheville Blade at LAAFF!

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Readers and supporters, come visit the Asheville Blade’s booth at the Lexington Avenue Arts and Fun Festival. We’ll have prizes, sign up subscribers and show our thanks for your support. Above: Your decidedly unphotogenic editor, taking a break from a weekend of journalism to set…

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