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The short-term rental issue hits City Hall with a contentious debate, as Council tries to put the brakes on Airbnb…

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Finish line?

After months of debate stepped-up fines on short-term rentals — and relaxed rules on residents renting out rooms — go…

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Searching for a chief

With a department in trouble a chief departs and Asheville’s city manager starts the search for another. Here’s the first…

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

Questions for Asheville Council candidates

It’s election season and we’re asking for your help, readers, in crafting some hard-hitting questions for the 15 people running…

Block by block

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The short-term rental issue hits City Hall with a contentious debate, as Council tries to put the brakes on Airbnb and its ilk Above: Mayor Esther Manheimer, who vociferously defended the city’s ban on short-term rentals in most neighborhoods and the need to be careful…

Finish line?

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After months of debate stepped-up fines on short-term rentals — and relaxed rules on residents renting out rooms — go to Council tonight. But a decision might be delayed due to concerns about how to grapple with a rapidly-changing issue Above: The logo for Airbnb,…

Searching for a chief

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With a department in trouble a chief departs and Asheville’s city manager starts the search for another. Here’s the first of a two-part series delving into what happened next Above: City Manager Gary Jackson, behind his nametag on the Asheville City Council dais. File photo…

Questions for Asheville Council candidates

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

It’s election season and we’re asking for your help, readers, in crafting some hard-hitting questions for the 15 people running for Asheville City Council seats Above: Downtown Asheville by night, photo by Max Cooper It’s that time, readers. As the October primary approaches, you’ll see…

The minimum question

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As pushes for higher wages increase, can Asheville pass its own minimum wage? A look at the legal questions and political battles over a key issue Above: Raise Up for 15 protesters near the Biltmore Avenue Hardee’s in April. Partly inspired by that regional labor movement,…

Three ring

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An end to animal circuses, a push for supporting arts education, the contemplation of stinking parking decks and more as Council tackles a wide variety of topics at its mid-summer meeting Above: Council member Jan Davis, file photo by Max Cooper During Summer, Council meetings…

About Asheville’s politics

A pride flag flies from City Hall. Photo by Max Cooper.

No, Asheville’s government isn’t far-left. That’s absurd. But over the past decade city government’s politics have changed. Here’s an analysis of what actually happened. Above: A pride flag flies from City Hall after the state’s ban on equal marriage was struck down in October. Photo…

Bring out the lobbyists

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Airbnb cues up the lobbyists to push Asheville City Council as the fight over short-term rentals continues, local government considers new rules and the tech giant turns its attention to our city Short-term rentals are, to put it mildly, a controversial topic here. With the…

Decision day

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Ashevillians played an important role fighting for marriage equality throughout the region and country. When the Supreme Court decision came down last month, they gathered to celebrate and rally. Above: Pride flags wave in Pack Square on June 26 as locals gather in a rally…

Into the long summer

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A budget, housing and monuments take center stage at the last Council meeting before the summer break, with more on the horizon Above: Asheville City Council member Gwen Wisler. File photo by Max Cooper. The spring and early summer are typically a big time for…

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