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Not so fast

After buskers mobilize against possible restrictions on their art, an Asheville Council committee decides not to pursue new rules further.…

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Busk battles

With new restrictions possible, Asheville’s buskers become the latest flashpoint in the debate over the future of downtown and its culture.…

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What is ‘affordable housing’ anyway?

With the city of Asheville considering more incentives for “affordable” and “workforce” housing, it’s worth looking at what that means.…

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Tiger, Tiger

As Asheville catches TIGER grants and plans big changes, a look at city government’s long grapple with the infrastructure beast…

Not so fast

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After buskers mobilize against possible restrictions on their art, an Asheville Council committee decides not to pursue new rules further. Above: buskers fill the room before yesterday’s meeting of Asheville City Council’s Public Safety Committee. Photo by Max Cooper. Usually, Asheville City Council’s committee meetings…

Busk battles

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With new restrictions possible, Asheville’s buskers become the latest flashpoint in the debate over the future of downtown and its culture. Above: The Stillwater Hobos performing in a still from Erin Derham’s documentary Buskin Blues. The movie delves into Asheville’s busking culture at a time when…

What is ‘affordable housing’ anyway?

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With the city of Asheville considering more incentives for “affordable” and “workforce” housing, it’s worth looking at what that means. Above: An image from the city of Asheville’s documents of the proposed site of 32 “workforce” housing units on the back of the Aloft Hotel…

Tiger, Tiger

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As Asheville catches TIGER grants and plans big changes, a look at city government’s long grapple with the infrastructure beast Above: an image of Riverside Drive and the front of the city’s development plan. The staff and elected officials of the city of Asheville were…

Asheville faces its illusions

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Every city has illusions about its culture. Here’s a list of Asheville’s, because it’s time we started facing our myths Above: Hieronymus Bosch’s “The Conjuror,” with a crowd getting their pockets picked while they watch an illusionist perform. Asheville’s got its own magic, a spell…

Asheville needs unions

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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

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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?’

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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

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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…

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