Boundary changes

Asheville City Council delays a major hotel battle, expands (very slightly) the city’s borders and mulls what input on local…

Three furies

The next year promises to be a major — and contentious one — for local government. Here’s three of the…

Cutting toward the new year

The Asheville Blade covered a lot of ground as we fought through a tumultuous, trying, important and groundbreaking 2016 alongside…

County matters

This election season saw plenty of changes among the Buncombe commissioners. A look at what happened, what changed and the…

Boundary changes

Asheville City Council delays a major hotel battle, expands (very slightly) the city’s borders and mulls what input on local election districts might look like Above: Asheville City Council member Julie Mayfield. File photo by Max Cooper. For awhile, it looked like Asheville City Council…

Three furies

The next year promises to be a major — and contentious one — for local government. Here’s three of the forces that will continue to define our city’s divisions Above: City Hall by night. Photo by Max Cooper. While plenty of the attention was on…

Cutting toward the new year

The Asheville Blade covered a lot of ground as we fought through a tumultuous, trying, important and groundbreaking 2016 alongside the people of the city we love Above: Fireworks over City Hall. Photo by Bill Rhodes. Well that was a hell of a year. As…

County matters

This election season saw plenty of changes among the Buncombe commissioners. A look at what happened, what changed and the issues — from green spaces to transparency — facing the county leaders in the coming years. Democrats dominated up and down the ticket in Buncombe…

Shape of the beast

Airbnb-style rentals are a massive, controversial issue in Asheville. The Blade’s built a map to show where they’re being halted, who’s profiting, who owns them and more as local government continues to wrangle with this complicated behemoth Above: a shot from the Blade‘s interactive map…

Support journalism for the holidays

Prizes! Gift subscriptions! Journalism! All part of our winter fund drive so we can keep fighting, with your help, in the year to come Welcome back, readers. It’s been a hell of a year, and through all the upsets, setbacks, tragedies and victories the Blade has…

‘Basement Election’

Local Democrats gather to vote on a new Buncombe County commissioner in a ‘basement election,’ with civil rights activist and former banker Al Whitesides emerging as the first African-American commissioner Above: Al Whitesides receives applause from Democratic Party members during the Dec. 5 ‘basement election,’…

Gentry Friday

An exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the planning meeting for a local, not-at-all-cluelessly-awful Black Friday promotional video for a business consortium Recently, the following promotional video has been making the rounds causing, as one might expect, some comment. The Blade has obtained an exclusive transcript of the…

Lines drawn

National and statewide upsets, a resounding win for the bonds, a commission split continues and more in our election analysis. Also: why the Blade will never normalize the unacceptable Above: The precinct map of votes for Roy Cooper and Gov. Pat McCrory in Buncombe County.…

The mask comes off

Survive. Organize. Resist. A few words that must be said, about what happened, where our city and country are going and what we have to do. Above: Protesters and police outside the Civic Center entrance during the Sept. 12 Trump rally. Photo by Max Cooper.…

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