FareFreePic

Fee simple

Council moves forward with ‘minor’ fee changes — and ending the downtown fare free bus zone — sparking a debate…

FareFreeZone

Fare and unfair

With little discussion or transparency, Asheville City Council moved this week to end downtown’s fare free transit zone, an important…

PertussisCDC

The sound of a cough

Whooping cough is making a local comeback. More on this once-defeated disease, why it’s returning and how our society’s frayed…

Duke Asheville plant

Sulfur-gate

The coal-fired Asheville power plant is causing dangerous air pollution. It’s time for locals to push to rein Duke Energy in…

Fee simple

FareFreePic

Council moves forward with ‘minor’ fee changes — and ending the downtown fare free bus zone — sparking a debate about transparency Above: a sign on South French Broad Avenue noting the boundary of the city’s fare free bus zone. Asheville City Council’s April 14…

Fare and unfair

FareFreeZone

With little discussion or transparency, Asheville City Council moved this week to end downtown’s fare free transit zone, an important aid for some citizens. That needs to change, and any changes to the zone deserve a full public discussion Above: The fare free zone in…

The sound of a cough

PertussisCDC

Whooping cough is making a local comeback. More on this once-defeated disease, why it’s returning and how our society’s frayed Above: The Bortedella pertussis bacteria that causes whooping cough, image from the Center for Disease Control Whooping cough is an easy disease to ignore. With…

Sulfur-gate

Duke Asheville plant

The coal-fired Asheville power plant is causing dangerous air pollution. It’s time for locals to push to rein Duke Energy in and protect our air. Above: the Asheville power plant. Photo from the Beyond Coal campaign. Every three to four days, communities downwind of Duke Energy’s…

The silence from City Hall

DowntownbyNight

Once again, an important request for public records faces lengthy, unexplained delays from the city of Asheville. It’s time for this disturbing pattern to end Above: City Hall, file photo by Max Cooper. Update: The city of Asheville does track records of police complaints in annual…

An interview with Darin Waters

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The historian and UNCA professor on African-Americans in WNC, facing the reality of American tragedy and the importance of power and democracy in public spaces Above: Darin Waters speaking at a Martin Luther King Day event at Kenilworth Presbyterian. Photo by Max Cooper. From informing…

The full report

JacksonCooper

Hoping for gridlock, mulling a whitewater park, diagnosing the police department’s woes and more as Asheville City Council tackles a bevy of reports Above: City Manager Gary Jackson, file photo by Max Cooper. As the March 24 Asheville City Council meeting drew near, word emerged…

No more

LoveNotConversion

It’s time to bring the focus on violence against trans people as the Fix Society movement pushes locally for justice, better services and an end to hate Above: A flier for the recent Fix Society rally and forum in Asheville. Photo by Jennifer M. Barge.…

After the sunshine

DowntownbyNight

A look at the Blade’s attempts to get public records from the city, what happened to them, and how long they took Above: City Hall by moonlight, photo by Max Cooper As part of a recent Sunshine Week collaboration with the Asheville Citizen-Times, the Blade looked…

Open and shut

CityRenovations

Behind the numbers, criticisms, praise and efforts to reform how Asheville accesses public information about its own government and its records Above: Workers on scaffolding outside City Hall during recent renovations. Photo by Bill Rhodes. Every year Sunshine Week, which ended Saturday, marks a time…

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