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The cracked pedestal

From the Atlantic to Salon, national media and urbanists celebrate Asheville as an example — and draw all the wrong lessons…

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An interview with District Attorney candidate Ben Scales

An in-depth interview with Ben Scales, independent candidate for District Attorney, about priorities, the role of law enforcement and more.…

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An interview with District Attorney candidate Todd Williams

An in-depth interview with Todd Williams, Democratic candidate for District Attorney, about priorities, the role of law enforcement and more.…

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Redrawn

Asheville City Council mulls affordable housing solutions, forms ‘innovation districts’ in three neighborhoods and continues its long contemplation of graffiti…

The cracked pedestal

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From the Atlantic to Salon, national media and urbanists celebrate Asheville as an example — and draw all the wrong lessons Above: Fireworks over downtown Asheville. Photo by Bill Rhodes. Periodically, the national media will rediscover Asheville. Most commonly this consists in the jet set finding…

An interview with District Attorney candidate Ben Scales

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An in-depth interview with Ben Scales, independent candidate for District Attorney, about priorities, the role of law enforcement and more. District Attorney is arguably the most powerful single local elected position, overseeing prosecution and exercising a great deal of discretion over how the law is…

An interview with District Attorney candidate Todd Williams

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An in-depth interview with Todd Williams, Democratic candidate for District Attorney, about priorities, the role of law enforcement and more. District Attorney is arguably the most powerful single local elected position, overseeing prosecution and exercising a great deal of discretion over how the law is…

Redrawn

Districtsss

Asheville City Council mulls affordable housing solutions, forms ‘innovation districts’ in three neighborhoods and continues its long contemplation of graffiti Above: the borders for the South Slope “innovation district” Asheville City Council passed Oct. 14 Some of the biggest news at Asheville City Council’s Oct.…

The march that roared

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A student who went to last month’s climate march with the Asheville contingent shares their thoughts about what happened and why it matters. Above: Marchers at the Sept. 21 People’s Climate March, which included a sizable Asheville contingent. Photo by Khaetlyn Grindell, used with permission.…

The day

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Powerful images from the day marriage equality finally reached North Carolina, starting with Asheville and the state’s first legal same-sex marriage Above: A pride flag displayed on City Hall Photo by Max Cooper. Yesterday, after years of activism, court cases and campaigning, U.S. District Court Judge…

For want of a license

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I came north when I was 18, seeking opportunity and fleeing violence. Now the lack of a piece of plastic poses a major obstacle to me living my life Above: sample licenses from the North Carolina DMV for residents qualifying under the federal Deferred Action…

The state of our Asheville

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

A frank, honest discussion about the state of our city, following the mayor’s Oct. 1 “TED talk” presentation on where Asheville’s going. Above: skyline of downtown looking toward the Flat Iron building, photo by Max Cooper Concluding thoughts, Oct. 5: I’m awed. Since the original…

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…

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