A pride flag flies from City Hall. Photo by Max Cooper.

About Asheville’s politics

No, Asheville’s government isn’t far-left. That’s absurd. But over the past decade city government’s politics have changed. Here’s an analysis…

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Bring out the lobbyists

Airbnb cues up the lobbyists to push Asheville City Council as the fight over short-term rentals continues, local government considers…

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Decision day

Ashevillians played an important role fighting for marriage equality throughout the region and country. When the Supreme Court decision came…

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Into the long summer

A budget, housing and monuments take center stage at the last Council meeting before the summer break, with more on…

About Asheville’s politics

A pride flag flies from City Hall. Photo by Max Cooper.

No, Asheville’s government isn’t far-left. That’s absurd. But over the past decade city government’s politics have changed. Here’s an analysis of what actually happened. Above: A pride flag flies from City Hall after the state’s ban on equal marriage was struck down in October. Photo…

Bring out the lobbyists

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Airbnb cues up the lobbyists to push Asheville City Council as the fight over short-term rentals continues, local government considers new rules and the tech giant turns its attention to our city Short-term rentals are, to put it mildly, a controversial topic here. With the…

Decision day

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Ashevillians played an important role fighting for marriage equality throughout the region and country. When the Supreme Court decision came down last month, they gathered to celebrate and rally. Above: Pride flags wave in Pack Square on June 26 as locals gather in a rally…

Into the long summer

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A budget, housing and monuments take center stage at the last Council meeting before the summer break, with more on the horizon Above: Asheville City Council member Gwen Wisler. File photo by Max Cooper. The spring and early summer are typically a big time for…

Voices carry

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The Burton Street community faces down I-26 as the controversial interstate plans advance and criticisms about local and state government arise Above: The sign for Burton Street’s community center. Photo by Emily Foley. The Interstate 26 connector project has stirred debate for nearly 20 years…

About that living wage…

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

While Council is set to pass a budget tonight, it will still be months before it’s clear if all city workers will actually get a living wage Above: the description of a U.S. Cellular Center job from the city of Asheville’s website last year, paying…

The hearing

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The public weighs in on the budget’s ‘moving parts’ while Council gets an earful, wrangles over numbers and disagrees on a few key points Above: Mayor Esther Manheimer during the June 9 budget hearing. Photo by Max Cooper. As the Blade (and some of the…

The hotel hustle

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If Ashevillians had any doubt about the impact of the hotel industry, the entitled whining of its representatives over the room tax reveals their oblivious greed Above: The Hyatt Place hotel under construction on Haywood Street, one of several going up in downtown. The recent…

The $154 million question

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Local government’s biggest — and most underrated — public hearing of the year happens tomorrow. Inside the city’s $154 million budget, from tax hikes to living wage, why it matters and what it means Above: City Hall under renovation, photo by Bill Rhodes. It’s easy,…

Mixed reviews

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The city budget rolls out, with uncertainty over a living wage increase, a survey reveals mixed opinions on the city’s performance and Council divides with developers over housing incentives Above: Asheville City Council member Cecil Bothwell, file photo by Max Cooper The summer is often the…

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