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 New York Times released a ranking of the hardest places to live in the United States by measuring six data points — including education, median household income, unemployment rate, disability rate, life expectancy and obesity — and comparing all 3,135 counties in the country together using averages of these data sets. The map paints a […]
If adopted, N.C. Senate Bill 729 would require Duke Energy to close its coal-ash dump sites. This week, the proposed legislation inched closer to adoption as it wound its way through various legislative committees, and about a dozen people attended the June 18 social-networking series, Asheville Green Drinks, to learn more and note some of the bill’s shortcomings. Julie Mayfield, co-director […]
Misty Miller wants your children to eat better. The parent and PTO vice president at Hall Fletcher Elementary has been working since November 2013 with Brian Good, owner and chef at Asheville Sandwich Co., to form a Nutrition Steering Committee in cooperation with Asheville City Schools that would promote healthier, more nutritious and tastier foods for […]
William Butler Yeats’ poem, “A Prayer For My Daughter,” includes the line: “How, but in custom and in ceremony, are innocence and beauty born?” And it was with this line that Gordon Grant, principal of Hall Fletcher Elementary, began the groundbreaking for the new special-needs inclusive playground being built at the school with the help from […]
A proposed limit on the total volume of biofuels that must be added to conventional fuels each year has prompted Woody Eaton of Blue Ridge Biofuels to ask President Obama for help. More than 50 businesses and individuals signed Eaton’s letter to Obama in a grassroots effort to highlight the potential impact of the U.S. […]
What comes to mind when you think about hemp? The organizers and participants in Hemp History Week aim to change common misconceptions with a national campaign focusing on the beneficial aspects of industrial hemp crops.
Tuesday’s City Council meeting began with a “point of order” raised by Christopher Chiaramonte immediately after the Pledge of Allegiance. Chiaramonte asked why prayer was no longer included at the beginning of Council meetings — a question he has raised to Council in the past during public comment. Chiaramonte alleged that Mayor Esther Manheimer told Council […]
Next week’s regular meeting of the Asheville City Council will include presentations on the 2014-15 Annual Operating Budget, an update on Asheville Police Department’s Downtown Enhancement Plan and approval affirmation of the Cambria Suites Hotel project at 15 Page Avenue. According to Asheville PD, the downtown area saw a significant increase in violent crime and […]
During the regular meeting Tuesday evening, May 13, Asheville City Council voted unanimously to uphold a previous recommendation from the Planning and Zoning Commission that allows development of a 12-story hotel complex at 15 Page Avenue. An otherwise short agenda led into a lengthy quasi-judicial hearing regarding the development project opposed by attorney Gary Davis, who […]
Only one public hearing is scheduled for next week’s Asheville City Council — an appeal against a plan to demolish an existing two-story building at 35 Battery Park Ave. and replace it with a 12-story hotel complex with ground floor retail space. Gary Davis, attorney, raised concerns with the review process of the Cambria Suites […]
Dozens of concerned residents of the Grove Park neighborhood, as well as surrounding areas, packed an Asheville City Hall meeting room Wednesday evening, May 7, to voice concerns over a proposed conditional zoning permit that would allow a canine rehabilitation facility / dog day care to occupy the historic building at 1 Sunset Parkway. Residents […]
Asheville City Council hosted a brief community meeting Tuesday, April 29, at Charles T. Koontz Intermediate School to hear public comment on the city’s Strategic Operating Plan for the 2013-14 fiscal year.
Asheville City Council and Mayor Esther Manheimer will host a community meeting, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, at Charles T. Koontz Intermediate School (305 Overlook Road) to discuss the 2014-15 Strategic Operating Plan with the public. Each year, Council develops a SOP outlining goals for the upcoming fiscal year and used as a roadmap for policy […]
Asheville’s controversial graffiti ordinance passed City Council during the April 22 meeting, with only Council member Cecil Bothwell voting against it. Also during the meeting, City Council voted to authorize Mayor Esther Manheimer to enter into an interlocal agreement with Henderson County regarding a 137-acre lot in the Bent Creek area owned by Henderson County that would otherwise be returned to Asheville ownership on July 15.
Asheville City Council will consider an ordinance next week aimed at attacking the city’s problem with graffiti. The Council will consider tougher penalties for the perpetrators while making property owners responsible for cleanup. The ordinance calls for a three-way approach to dealing with the issue: education, enforcement and rapid removal. A city staff recommendation would […]
Asheville Earth Day celebrates sustainability and optimism “I think what’s really cool about Earth Day is that it can provide this umbrella for all the nonprofits in Asheville to come together,” says Ben Colvin, development director for Wild South, the nonprofit host of Asheville Earth Day. That daylong outdoor festival returns to Lexington Avenue on […]
On April 8, Asheville City Council members voted unanimously to pass a resolution to adopt a Housing Trust Fund recommendation to fund Biotat LLC’s Oak Hill Commons Project, as well as an ordinance adopting the new 2014-15 Fees and Charges Manual. Council also considered a request that city officials ban circuses that use exotic animals from […]
It’s walkable, artistic, neighborly, inspiring and it’s not filled with tourists. It has grit and its own unique spirit. It’s not downtown — it’s West Asheville.
A proposed zoning plan for the Haywood Road corridor , which would regulate development based on six types of districts, received mostly positive feedback from residents and business owners at a March 27 open house. The “form-based code,” a marked departure from current practice, could become a model for rezoning other parts of Asheville. “We’ve […]
Mars Hill University kicked off its new ACLU organization by inviting immigration attorney Lynn Calder from Raleigh to speak to students and the public about US immigration policies. Around 30 people showed up to listen to Calder’s talk in the university’s Broyhill Chapel at noon on Feb. 24, which was followed with a few questions […]