SnowDay

Snow day

Council gives controversial Craggy subdivision the go-ahead, some gentry throw a fit about ‘undesirables’ and the police buy more surveillance…

notonemore

I believe in justice

A recent immigration executive order promises to give relief to hardworking families, including mine. That’s now in limbo, but we…

Asheville night moon Rhodes

I tried to make a life in Asheville

I was drawn to Asheville by hopes for happiness, a supportive community and education. I found low pay and few…

JohannaComer

Is Asheville the next union city?

As Asheville struggles with low wages and bad working conditions, thoughts on what might have to change for it become…

Snow day

SnowDay

Council gives controversial Craggy subdivision the go-ahead, some gentry throw a fit about ‘undesirables’ and the police buy more surveillance equipment Above: City-County Plaza, with the Buncombe County Courthouse and City Hall on the snowy morning of Feb. 24 In the morning hours before Asheville…

I believe in justice

notonemore

A recent immigration executive order promises to give relief to hardworking families, including mine. That’s now in limbo, but we fought to get here and we’ll keep fighting for justice Above: An image from the Not 1 More anti-deportation campaign, which brought together local and…

I tried to make a life in Asheville

Asheville night moon Rhodes

I was drawn to Asheville by hopes for happiness, a supportive community and education. I found low pay and few opportunities before I was forced to leave Above: Downtown Asheville at night, photo by Bill Rhodes This is the latest in our Leaving Asheville series,…

Is Asheville the next union city?

JohannaComer

As Asheville struggles with low wages and bad working conditions, thoughts on what might have to change for it become a union city Above: Johaunna Cromer and her son Tejuan at the recent HKonJ march in Raleigh. Cromer, a local fast-food worker, has joined with…

Consent and reports

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As a major land battle is delayed, Council turns its attention to local organizing, a contentious consent agenda and several reports Above: Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer. File photo by Max Cooper. Asheville City Council’s Feb. 10 meeting began with the first appearance in the halls of…

Democracy and consequences

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The State of Black Asheville, Dwight Mullen and the call for consequences for this city’s institutions — and their failures Above: UNCA professor Dwight Mullen, speaking at a Martin Luther King Day event at Kenilworth Presbyterian. Photo by Max Cooper “It would be considered a…

Finding home: public housing throughout WNC

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It’s not just Asheville. In a region where abject poverty and mansions rub shoulders, about 10,000 households rely on housing assistance to survive Above: the numbers of public housing units and housing vouchers in each county in WNC. Chart courtesy of Carolina Public Press As…

After the retreat

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Concerns, fears, mutual applause and setting the stage  for the biggest political fight Asheville’s seen in a long time, all at this year’s Council retreat Above: Council members’ notes, on the banquet room wall, about what accomplishments they’re proud of. This past Friday, Asheville City…

Watch the retreat

DowntownbyNight

Behind a very general agenda, two meals and lots of debate over wording, Asheville’s leaders are about make some big decisions for the year Above: City hall by moonlight. Photo by Max Cooper. It’s not on the main page of the city’s website. Or their calendar…

Raise wrangling

The official listing for a job at the U.S. Cellular Center, from the city of Asheville's website

About 140 city employees make less than a living wage. More on that issue, and how Council’s now considering a raise Above: the job description for a U.S. Cellular Center worker in “specialized unskilled work.” The job, like many others at the center, pays below…

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