After months of debate, Asheville City Council voted unanimously July 22 to approve a controversial new leasing arrangement for Pack Place and it’s tenants: Asheville Art Museum, Diana Wortham Theater and Colburn Earth Science Museum.
Brittany Boseman is on her knees, pink ball cap squashing down her long, raven-black braid, studying the sentence strips laid out on the carpeted floor. It’s the first day of the 2014 Me2We Conference, and Boseman is taking direction from her peers on the best way to arrange them. Each of the nine participants has […]
40 years after it was founded, The Farm Community, a commune in rural Tennessee, continues to thrive. In a recent visit to Malaprops Bookstore and Café, author Donald Stevenson, the community’s resident historian, told the story of how a group of visionaries continue to make it work.
From WCQS: It’s the first day of school at Hall Fletcher Elementary in Asheville, N.C. Principal Gordon Grant stands outside in a white suit and bow tie, greeting students. The kids arrive sporting fresh haircuts and new shoes. One even wears a tutu. But the biggest change on this first day of school may be […]
If a human being were forced into a physical contest with a lion, a tiger, or a bear (oh my), the result would be unlikely to favor the human. Nevertheless, in a world of lions and tigers and bears, human beings sit atop the food chain. Why? Because humans adapt. The human species owes its […]
After months of debate, Asheville City Council is preparing to decide the fate of who will manage Pack Place on July 22. Council will also consider the Asheville Police Department’s new Strategic Operations Plan.
In an age of instant communication and social media, Asheville Police are still stuck in the 20th century. “The Asheville Police Department does a lot of good,” said Police Chief William Anderson. “What we’re not good at is getting that information out to the public.” Anderson was speaking to the 20 attendees of the department’s first meeting […]
An 11th-hour effort to stave off a city order mandating that nearly two dozen artists vacate a cluster of River Arts District buildings came to an end on Wednesday afternoon, July 16, when city officials made final their decision and declined to issue a temporary certificate of occupancy. The mandate affects a city-sponsored art project and New […]
Asheville’s new initiative to clean up graffiti seems to be making headway. Starting July 1, the city began offering property owners up to $500 in assistance toward the cost of removing the illicit markings from their buildings. And as of today, July 16, 67 property owners have requested support and 9 locations have been cleaned […]
Buncombe County is taking new steps to alleviate poverty, and it’s looking to the community for ideas. Representatives of 22 organizations attended a July 15 Buncombe County Health and Human Services (BCHHS) meeting, where they learned of Buncombe’s new Request for Information (RFI) on poverty remediation. County leaders are interested in community practices to remedy poverty and are seeking information […]
The blogosphere is abuzz these days with romantic visions of picturesque miniature dwellings. And a growing number of local advocates say the “tiny home movement” could help achieve a wealth of positive outcomes, from environmental efficiencies to enhanced affordability. Amid the swelling interest, however, many hurdles remain.
If you’re thinking of starting up a small business in North Carolina, Asheville may not be the best choice according to a new Small Business Friendliness Survey from Thumbtack and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. The survey, conducted over 38 states and 82 metropolitan areas and including responses from over 12,000 small business owners, ranked Asheville dead […]
The ‘Mountain Moral Monday’ rally will return to downtown Asheville Aug. 4, aiming to bring together thousands of people from across the region to protest what they see as destructive state policies and help get out the vote in this year’s election.
From the Sierra Club: On Satuday, July 12, local activist group Yogis Beyond Coal joined with Sierra Club to co-host an event in Pack Square Park in Asheville, highlighting community concerns with the local coal-fired power plant. The gathering, called Move for the Movement, sought to underscore that healthy living and clean energy are two sides of […]
Most people know that the Meals on Wheels nonprofit is an important source of hot, nutritious meals for elderly members of our community. But they also collect and distribute pet food to low income seniors who might otherwise share meals meant for them with their four-legged friends, who are often their only constant companions.
From the crags of Grandfather Mountain to the glow of Shining Rock; from the gape of Linville Gorge to the plunge of Looking Glass; from the rush of the Nantahala to the haunt of Graveyard Fields, Western North Carolina’s forests offer a trove of treasured destinations. These woods birthed the nation’s first school of forestry […]
On a contentious 5-2 vote July 8, Buncombe County’s Board of Commissioners held the property tax rate steady in the new fiscal-year budget but juggled numbers to pump more money into the school system. Commissioners also got their first look at an early-retirement plan that could save $1 million but result in the county losing many […]
Calling Dr. Jim Wallis President Barack Obama’s “spiritual advisor,” the popular conservative news and opinion website The Daily Caller reported July 7 that the liberal evangelical leader went on a “race rant” at a recent event Hot Springs. But was it really an accusatory, racist rant, from a man “who has the ear of the leader of the free world,” as the website alleges? Or was it part of a constructive dialogue on a tough topic?
Food trucks are a known entity: Those mobile dispensaries of cheap, tasty meals drove into downtown Asheville (and our hearts) in 2011. And with revised city ordinances, a dedicated lot on Coxe Avenue and regular appearances at local festivals and music venues, food trucks have only increased in number. But sandwiches aren’t the only thing that can fit into a truck.
The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners will convene tonight, July 8, with the primary order of business being the final adoption of the Fiscal Year 2015 budget put on hold at the previous meeting on June 17. The budget estimates $280.3 million in expenditures for the county and holds the tax rate steady at current levels.