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Into the woods

The city manager tries to put the brake on living wage increases, Council wrestles with short-term rentals and a split…

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Dickson and Roosevelt

Recently found images of legendary African-American leader Isaac Dickson with Theodore Roosevelt shed new light on an important chapter in…

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‘Another f’ing hotel’

Locals resent the hotel boom because it represents and furthers the worst aspects of today’s Asheville. What’s behind the anger, and…

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May Day

Local groups rally around labor, public housing, immigrants’ rights, fair wages and more to mark May Day in a changing…

Into the woods

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The city manager tries to put the brake on living wage increases, Council wrestles with short-term rentals and a split vote on a new development as local government heads into a tense summer Above: City manager Gary Jackson, file photo by Max Cooper As summer…

Dickson and Roosevelt

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Recently found images of legendary African-American leader Isaac Dickson with Theodore Roosevelt shed new light on an important chapter in Asheville’s history Above: Isaac Dickson, near the center, walking beside President Theodore Roosevelt’s carriage as it left the rail deport during his 1902 visit to…

‘Another f’ing hotel’

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Locals resent the hotel boom because it represents and furthers the worst aspects of today’s Asheville. What’s behind the anger, and what it means Above: The BB&T building, future site of an ‘upper-upscale hotel’ First it was “upscale,” then “boutique” and “luxury.” Now we have “upper-upscale.”…

May Day

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Local groups rally around labor, public housing, immigrants’ rights, fair wages and more to mark May Day in a changing Asheville Above: A red flag flies above the crowd gathered at Asheville’s May Day rally as protesters listen to speakers talk about labor and social…

Set of demands

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Council runs into multiple demanding situations, including the housing crisis and a public irate about the actions of a power giant, in a packed meeting Above: Asheville City Council member Gordon Smith. File photo by Max Cooper As our longtime readers know, our Council reports…

Short terms

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A deeper look at short-term rentals and how, in the hands of the wealthy, they will hollow out our city — something that’s already happened around the country Above: Part of the Carolina Lane/Chicken Alley area, where some former apartments have been turned into short-term…

Remembering Asheville’s liberation from slavery

Locals gather to mark the end of slavery in Asheville and educate about oft-forgotten history at a site that’s still the topic of debate and controversy today Above: local activist and poet DeWayne Barton speaks at the From Slavery to Freedom teach-in and event. Photo by…

Fee simple

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Council moves forward with ‘minor’ fee changes — and ending the downtown fare free bus zone — sparking a debate about transparency Above: a sign on South French Broad Avenue noting the boundary of the city’s fare free bus zone. Asheville City Council’s April 14…

Fare and unfair

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With little discussion or transparency, Asheville City Council moved this week to end downtown’s fare free transit zone, an important aid for some citizens. That needs to change, and any changes to the zone deserve a full public discussion Above: The fare free zone in…

The sound of a cough

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Whooping cough is making a local comeback. More on this once-defeated disease, why it’s returning and how our society’s frayed Above: The Bortedella pertussis bacteria that causes whooping cough, image from the Center for Disease Control Whooping cough is an easy disease to ignore. With…

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