EmployeeRights

Asheville needs unions

Pay is terrible in Asheville because there’s often no real protection for workers’ rights. To fix that, this city needs unions.…

RADLofts

Filling the triangle

Despite concerns about affordability and process, Asheville City Council votes for higher-than-average incentives for the 209 unit RAD Lofts project.…

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‘When is enough enough?’

A local rally protests police brutality, shows support for Ferguson residents and pushes for a ‘Mike Brown Law’ requiring cops…

ArmoredCar

Inside the local arsenal

Records requests shine more light on the military surplus‚ from automatic weapons to armored cars, in the hands of local…

Asheville needs unions

EmployeeRights

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…

Filling the triangle

RADLofts

Despite concerns about affordability and process, Asheville City Council votes for higher-than-average incentives for the 209 unit RAD Lofts project. Above: The site of the future RAD Lofts development, with dissenting graffiti painted on its sign. By the time the RAD Lofts project came to…

‘When is enough enough?’

FergusonRallypicture

A local rally protests police brutality, shows support for Ferguson residents and pushes for a ‘Mike Brown Law’ requiring cops to wear cameras. Above: Shanita Jackson, one of the organizers of the rally against police brutality, holds a sign while surrounded by other protesters. Photo…

Inside the local arsenal

ArmoredCar

Records requests shine more light on the military surplus‚ from automatic weapons to armored cars, in the hands of local law enforcement. Above: An armored car owned by the Asheville Police Department, photographed in 2008. Photo © Jason Sandford, used with permission. A week ago, I highlighted…

They’re topless, get over it

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The annual topless “rally” is an overhyped farce. But the reaction from government and business leaders is far, far worse. Above: One of the topless rally attendees — and onlookers — at the 2011 event. Photo by Max Cooper. It’s that time again. Every year…

Blue lights and bureaucratic algae: photographing Asheville City Council

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Next Tuesday, Aug. 26, the Asheville Blade will cover the next meeting of our local city council. Here’s an interesting — and often hilarious — account Max Cooper, who photographed the last meeting for the Blade, wrote about photographing our local government meetings. I covered…

Back to school

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In a changing Southside, a community rallies with a new event to support its youth as the school year begins. Above: Barber Don McMillan cuts a student’s hair as part of the Southside community’s Back to School Bash. Many local barbers and beauticians volunteered for…

The writing on the wall

RAD Odyssey RODA removed

A look at the origins, costs and clashing views on city government’s $300,000 program to remove graffiti and tagging throughout Asheville Above: Before and after shots of graffiti painted over on a building in the River Arts District. Photo by Zen Sutherland. 123 Graffiti Free…

How to move forward when you’re forced to move out

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I was kicked out of my studio in the Tannery, along with many other artists. There’s a better way for Asheville to treat its creatives. Above: The Tannery before its improvement by local artists, and after. Photo by Zen Sutherland. On July 12th I awoke…

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