Oaths of office

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

Every day I wake up is a victory

Power, survival, gender, politics and transitioning in a time of upheaval. The Blade‘s editor tells their story and how they got…

Sleepless summer

White supremacy, the failures of Asheville liberalism and one activist’s journey through grassroots organizing during a revealing summer in our…

Escalation time

A major Airbnb showdown is delayed (until tonight) as new information emerges that the industry is gobbling up more housing…

Escalation time

A major Airbnb showdown is delayed (until tonight) as new information emerges that the industry is gobbling up more housing than before and the river remains a major battleground in the city’s future Above: a key part of the Oct. 24 presentation on the city’s…

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…

Down the road

Three major political issues — wrangling over the budget, short-term rentals and the ‘Pit of Despair’ — take center stage for Council, but many answers wait for another day Above: a slide on ending the ‘Pit of Despair’ reputation of the city property across from…

Ultimatum season

Once again, a state legislator plans to force district elections on Asheville and the Airbnb issue reopens, in a Council meeting marked by old battles coming back for another round Above: Mayor Esther Manheimer, file photo by Max Cooper. The Feb. 28 Asheville City Council meeting,…

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…

Under pressure

Tensions escalate over short-term rentals and the city budget as Council decides exactly how far it will go — for now Above: Mayor Esther Manheimer, who cast the deciding vote against allowing Airbnb-style rentals in the city’s garage and basement apartments Rowdy is not usually…

We are a city of renters

From Airbnb to city boards, too much of our politics focuses on property owners, but renters are half the city’s population. It’s time to listen to them seriously. City Hall under renovation. Photo by Bill Rhodes. If you haven’t heard, Airbnb and its ilk are…

Crunch the numbers

Council gets a first look at the budget, hikes (some) fees, checks up on short-term rentals and tries to take a swing at (eventually) solving West Asheville’s parking crunch Above: Asheville City Council member Gordon Smith. File photo by Max Cooper. By the time Asheville…

Thresholds

Ashevillians speak out on what what they’re willing to take at Council’s last meeting of the year, and a time of conflict draws closer Above: Asheville City Council member Julie Mayfield. File photo by Max Cooper. When the new Asheville City Council first met on…

Coming home

AirBnB and its ilk (some of them at least) are back before Council as it tries to nail down rules for homestays and three members have their final meeting Above: Vice Mayor Marc Hunt. File photo by Max Cooper. When Asheville City Council members took…

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