The Airbnb wars, a primer

Just before a major Council vote, here’s a look at the issue that’s rocked Asheville, one that remains highly complex…

Where we are now

The story behind a new Council, deep divides, a historic election and the fight over the heart of a city…

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The Blade depends on reader support. This year, we’ve got gift subscriptions, awesome stuff from lovely local places and more…

Oaths of office

New Asheville City Council members are sworn in, old ones depart and oaths are administered as the victors of November’s…

2017 Council election guide — Vijay Kapoor

Name: Vijay Kapoor Profession: Municipal Budget and Compensation Consultant In up to two words, describe your political affiliation: Democrat In one brief sentence, describe yourself and why you’re running: I’m the child of immigrant parents from India and Poland, have worked in and around local…

2017 Council election guide — Sheneika Smith

Name: Sheneika Smith Profession: [candidate did not reply] In up to two words, describe your political affiliation: [candidate did not reply] In one brief sentence, describe yourself and why you’re running:[candidate did not reply] General questions These questions are about problems, challenges or topics facing…

2017 Council election guide — Kim Roney

Name: Kim Roney Profession: Piano Teacher / Service Industry Worker In up to two words, describe your political affiliation: Independent In one brief sentence, describe yourself and why you’re running: Asheville is at a critical turning point and needs courageous leaders as brave as the…

2017 Council election guide — Gwen Wisler

Name: Gwen Wisler Profession: Vice Mayor of Asheville, Owner of Asheville Profits LLC, a consulting firm that asks clients to pay for services by donating time to a local non-profit In up to two words, describe your political affiliation: Democrat In one brief sentence, describe…

2017 mayoral election guide — Esther Manheimer

Name: Esther Manheimer Profession: [candidate did not reply] In up to two words, describe your political affiliation: [candidate did not reply] In one brief sentence, describe yourself and why you’re running: [candidate did not reply] General questions These questions are about problems, challenges or topics facing city government and…

2017 mayoral election guide — Martin Ramsey

Name: Martin Ramsey Profession: Service industry worker In up to two words, describe your political affiliation: independent/socialist In one brief sentence, describe yourself and why you’re running: I’m running for office because working people make Asheville run and we need working people in Asheville’s government.…

Assumptions, assumptions

A buried clause, obscured by city staff, spurs the latest chapter in the Airbnb wars and provides a revealing glimpse into who gets a say in Asheville’s growth Above: a map of the proposed Haywood Road rezoning that ended up the latest flashpoint in the…

Razor’s edge

A night of close and surprising election results show a changing Asheville with harsh political divides and some stark lessons Well, that was revealing. Last Tuesday Ashevillians went to the polls to narrow a sizable and fractious field down to two mayoral and six Council…

VOTE

In the most important and unpredictable local election in over a decade, those who make this city possible must get out and vote. Here’s how Hello readers. For over 12 years I’ve covered our city’s politics, through multiple cycles and a massive amount of change…

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. Here’s our candidate guide. Above: City Hall by night. Max Cooper While every election has its own importance, if there was ever a year to…

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