Incident at Vance

A quick turnout prevents a possible bigoted rally in the middle of downtown. A glimpse at a community response, rumors,…

Monuments of injustice

Veneration of the Confederacy is founded on lies about a brutal regime that terrorized millions. It’s long overdue to confront…

An open letter to Asheville’s candidates

Our city is in a time of crisis, one that our current political culture is badly unprepared to deal with.…

Referendum time

City leaders place a referendum on district elections on the ballot — but they don’t want it to pass. Behind…

Incident at Vance

A quick turnout prevents a possible bigoted rally in the middle of downtown. A glimpse at a community response, rumors, debates, citations and the challenges of judging the scope of the racist threat in today’s Asheville It started with a flier, more precisely, with an…

Monuments of injustice

Veneration of the Confederacy is founded on lies about a brutal regime that terrorized millions. It’s long overdue to confront that history and the ways its evil still endures in our city today Above: With drills and crow bars, activists try to dismantle the Robert…

An open letter to Asheville’s candidates

Our city is in a time of crisis, one that our current political culture is badly unprepared to deal with. But each election is a chance for change. For Asheville’s candidates, here’s a few things you should take to heart Above: City Hall under renovation.…

Referendum time

City leaders place a referendum on district elections on the ballot — but they don’t want it to pass. Behind the state’s gerrymandering push, the latest item on the November ballots and the looming legal fight Above: Proposed Asheville City Council districts under last year’s failed…

Celebrate the Blade

Join us for the Blade’s third Birthday Bash and celebrate three years of journalism, sharp perspectives and fighting for the city we love Above: Fireworks over downtown, photo by Bill Rhodes On June 13, the Blade‘s third anniversary rolled around. While it was perhaps appropriate…

Running dry

Old wounds, segregation, a lack of transparency and skyrocketing costs all collide as the city’s ambitious plans to overhaul the river district flounder Above: A painting from the cover to the 2004 Wilma Dykeman Riverway plan, depicting part of the imagined future River Arts District.…

Three years behind the Blade

The Asheville Blade started three years ago. A look at where we’ve been, what we’re about and what we’re fighting for Above: “Three years of the Blade,” artwork by Wendy Lou I can still remember the feel of the particular kind of paper the Virginian…

Doubling down

A split Council passes a controversial budget and affordable housing deal, showing how the battle lines have shifted after a contentious political season Above: Council member Keith Young vied with his colleagues at the June 13 meeting, criticizing both a city budget than included a…

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…

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