Razor’s edge

A night of close and surprising election results show a changing Asheville with harsh political divides and some stark lessons…

VOTE

In the most important and unpredictable local election in over a decade, those who make this city possible must get…

Asheville Blade 2017 city primary guide

With the mayorship and three Asheville City Council seats up for election, this year’s primary is more important than ever.…

Through the woods

A thicket of complicated issues, from the Airbnb spectre to a bus system overhaul to the “fake repeal” of HB2,…

Referendum time

City leaders place a referendum on district elections on the ballot — but they don’t want it to pass. Behind the state’s gerrymandering push, the latest item on the November ballots and the looming legal fight Above: Proposed Asheville City Council districts under last year’s failed…

Celebrate the Blade

Join us for the Blade’s third Birthday Bash and celebrate three years of journalism, sharp perspectives and fighting for the city we love Above: Fireworks over downtown, photo by Bill Rhodes On June 13, the Blade‘s third anniversary rolled around. While it was perhaps appropriate…

Running dry

Old wounds, segregation, a lack of transparency and skyrocketing costs all collide as the city’s ambitious plans to overhaul the river district flounder Above: A painting from the cover to the 2004 Wilma Dykeman Riverway plan, depicting part of the imagined future River Arts District.…

Three years behind the Blade

The Asheville Blade started three years ago. A look at where we’ve been, what we’re about and what we’re fighting for Above: “Three years of the Blade,” artwork by Wendy Lou I can still remember the feel of the particular kind of paper the Virginian…

Doubling down

A split Council passes a controversial budget and affordable housing deal, showing how the battle lines have shifted after a contentious political season Above: Council member Keith Young vied with his colleagues at the June 13 meeting, criticizing both a city budget than included a…

Worlds collide

A public showdown at City Hall sets the stage for the final act of the budget wars and marks the end of a political era Above: Luis Serapio, one of the first interpreters at an Asheville City Council meeting, translating the meeting into Spanish on…

The tale of two budget expansions

City officials have treated two budget expansions — for police and transit — in ways that are very different and revealing about local government priorities Above: City Hall by night, photo by Max Cooper. Tomorrow, Asheville City Council is set to vote on the City’s…

About Asheville’s Government, a primer

Stemming from the successful ‘About Asheville’s Government’ presentations, here’s a handy list of resources, links and context about your local government Above: City Hall under renovation, photo by Bill Rhodes Welcome back, readers. I was fortunate enough to engage with many of you during our…

Throw me out when the party’s over

A recent town hall exemplifies the repeated contempt and disdain of several local politicians for Asheville’s non-binary and transgender community, signaling that they do not deserve to hold office Above: State Sen. Terry Van Duyn, at right in white suit, standing alongside activists (including the…

Reply hazy

It’s the most contentious budget year in over a decade and as the public ramps up to officially weigh in, many key parts of the city’s $174 million budget remain undetermined or unclear Above: Asheville by night, photo by Bill Rhodes. From policing to the…

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