Season of discontent

Tensions mount over a controversial push to expand policing, some shady numbers and paltry levels of funding for local social services…

Down the road

Three major political issues — wrangling over the budget, short-term rentals and the ‘Pit of Despair’ — take center stage…

Turncoats

Democrats, including two local legislators and Asheville’s mayor, ignore civil rights groups and cave on HB2, leaving the law practically…

Opening moves

With major decisions at stake from policing to energy to housing, Asheville’s elected officials, bureaucrats and locals are off to…

Where goes Walton Street

For years Southside community members pushed for the renovation of a long-neglected historic pool. But city government might go forward with other plans. Behind the debate about who decides the fate of a local landmark. The Walton Street pool isn’t in good shape, on that…

Hotel dilemmas

A year after a controversial hotel vote set new political boundaries on the issue, Council again faces a similar dilemma with an election on the way. A look at the latest battle lines in the hotel wars. Above: An image of the proposed Embassy Suites…

Survive. Organize. Resist.

Yes, this is actually happening. And Asheville’s political culture is absolutely, horribly unprepared for the coming years. That needs to change now. Above: protesters outside the Sept. 12 Trump campaign rally in downtown Asheville. Photos by Max Cooper. Over the chaos of the past few…

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,’…

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