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Racist government programs shaped Asheville’s ‘urban renewal,’ demolishing homes and pushing out thousands. The results still haunt the city today.…

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Gentry only: Asheville’s credit check barrier

The rising use of credit checks, just to allow one to rent housing in Asheville, excludes much of its working…

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Before and after: photos highlight artists’ plight in RAD

Local photographer Zen Sutherland sends a before/after image to highlight the contributions — and plight — of artists in the…

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Policing the police

Amid years of turmoil, controversy and internal divisions, the city government presents a plan to overhaul the Asheville Police Department…

Red lines

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Racist government programs shaped Asheville’s ‘urban renewal,’ demolishing homes and pushing out thousands. The results still haunt the city today. Above: Priscilla Ndiaye, with her map of the homes demolished in the Southside neighborhood during urban renewal. She’s standing on the site of the house…

Gentry only: Asheville’s credit check barrier

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The rising use of credit checks, just to allow one to rent housing in Asheville, excludes much of its working class and increasingly pushes them out of the city they make possible There was an important point raised in the Asheville Citizen-Times‘ June 30 forum on family homelessness,…

Before and after: photos highlight artists’ plight in RAD

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Local photographer Zen Sutherland sends a before/after image to highlight the contributions — and plight — of artists in the River Arts District. The studios here were recently shut down by the city of Asheville, citing a lack of maintenance, code violations and safety concerns.…

A city worth fighting for: one month at the Asheville Blade

Skyline of downtown Asheville, looking toward the Flat Iron building. Photo by Max Cooper.

Thank you, Asheville, for your amazing support of the Blade. In just one month, you’ve shown that reader-funded journalism has a future in this city Above: the skyline of downtown Asheville, photo by Max Cooper. One month ago today I went live with the Asheville…

Moral Mondays are for everyone

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The Moral Monday protests that brought out thousands in Asheville last year return Aug. 4. Leslie Boyd, a local health care advocate and protester, writes about why she participates. Above: North Carolina NAACP leader Rev. William Barber and other Moral Monday speakers at the first…

Policing the police

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Amid years of turmoil, controversy and internal divisions, the city government presents a plan to overhaul the Asheville Police Department By any measure, the Asheville Police Department has had a rough few years. In April 2011, Chief Bill Hogan resigned in the wake of the missing evidence…

‘Reshape our culture’: Asheville service workers organize to improve conditions

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Concerned about low pay, a lack of benefits and many other problems, a group of local service workers are organizing Above: Image for Asheville Sustainable Restaurant Workforce, used with permission of Jessi Steelman. There are over 20,000 food service workers in the Asheville area, according…

Why I’m leaving Asheville

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I moved to Asheville for college thinking I’d found a home. But between an impossible job market, a lack of amenities and a city filled with too many ghosts, it’s time to go. Above: Skyline of Asheville. Photo by Bill Rhodes. “Why are you leaving…

Three years chasing the evidence room audit

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One view on the long, twisted road to making the APD evidence room audit public, and how it changed Asheville Above: District Attorney Ron Moore talking to press June 19, beside the 15-volume audit of the APD evidence room. Honestly, I never expected the day…

Saving face: Asheville’s great graffiti scare

Photo by Zen Sutherland.

The city’s current tack amounts to exploiting artists’ work while ignoring them and pushing societal homogeneity. There’s a better way. Photo by Zen Sutherland. “It’s a waste of time debating the merits of illegal graffiti,” says Gus Cutty, a local muralist and street artist, but that has…