Worlds collide

A public showdown at City Hall sets the stage for the final act of the budget wars and marks the…

The tale of two budget expansions

City officials have treated two budget expansions — for police and transit — in ways that are very different and…

About Asheville’s Government, a primer

Stemming from the successful ‘About Asheville’s Government’ presentations, here’s a handy list of resources, links and context about your local…

Throw me out when the party’s over

A recent town hall exemplifies the repeated contempt and disdain of several local politicians for Asheville’s non-binary and transgender community,…

Worlds collide

A public showdown at City Hall sets the stage for the final act of the budget wars and marks the end of a political era Above: Luis Serabio, one of the first interpreters at an Asheville City Council meeting, translating the meeting into Spanish on…

The tale of two budget expansions

City officials have treated two budget expansions — for police and transit — in ways that are very different and revealing about local government priorities Above: City Hall by night, photo by Max Cooper. Tomorrow, Asheville City Council is set to vote on the City’s…

About Asheville’s Government, a primer

Stemming from the successful ‘About Asheville’s Government’ presentations, here’s a handy list of resources, links and context about your local government Above: City Hall under renovation, photo by Bill Rhodes Welcome back, readers. I was fortunate enough to engage with many of you during our…

Throw me out when the party’s over

A recent town hall exemplifies the repeated contempt and disdain of several local politicians for Asheville’s non-binary and transgender community, signaling that they do not deserve to hold office Above: State Sen. Terry Van Duyn, at right in white suit, standing alongside activists (including the…

Reply hazy

It’s the most contentious budget year in over a decade and as the public ramps up to officially weigh in, many key parts of the city’s $174 million budget remain undetermined or unclear Above: Asheville by night, photo by Bill Rhodes. From policing to the…

The crisis is real

How the city backed away from defending renters, the housing crisis fueled segregation, a climate of fear faces tenants and much, much more on a key Asheville issue. An interview with Robin Merrell, Parker Smith and Ben Many of Pisgah Legal Services. Above: Graffiti criticizing…

About Asheville’s government

Our city’s government is incredibly important, but it can be hard to understand or to know the most effective ways to become involved. So the Blade is providing public presentations to answer all those questions. Local government is incredibly important, shaping everything from housing to…

A sense of urgency

Major racial disparities in traffic stops and questions about police reporting, building for months, finally take center stage as Council dubs the situation an ’emergency’ Above: A chart from Open Data Policing‘s analysis of the Asheville Police Department, showing that black drivers are far more…

Shaky numbers

The controversial proposal to expand policing downtown has been marked by confusing claims, a lack of transparency, a broken process and inaccurate numbers. The public deserves better. Above: Numbers for a range of crimes in the South Slope neighborhood, where APD Chief Tammy Hooper claims crime…

Three changes

May Day calls on us, as people and a city, to consider the reality of the world we face and how we can start to change it. Here are three important changes Asheville could do right now Above: City Hall under renovation. Photo by Bill…

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