In the early 1990s, Julian Price and Jeff Fobes began working together to transform Jeff’s tiny monthly eco-newspaper called Green Line into the snappy, colorful, popular weekly — chock-full of local news and features — that we know today as Mountain Xpress.
The Xpress offered Julian a place to express his quirky, contrarian outlook via various articles and op-eds on subjects ranging from pornography to spousal abuse to poorly timed pedestrian crosswalks.
Julian’s relationship to Jeff, along with his being able to express himself freely to the public in the forum of Green Line-turned-Mountain Xpress was a much-needed anchor for Julian. Jeff and the Xpress helped him to remain in Asheville and to continue believing in himself and in his work here, despite his many dark fears and doubts.
InterPlay leader Meg MacLeod was Julian’s wife and a co-conspirator in his work. Currently she is collaborating with others on the Julian Price Project to illustrate Julian’s values and strategies, which helped make downtown livable for everyone and to inspire impassioned activists. Interested? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.