The Burton Street Community Peace Garden is filled with art installations, metal structures, canopies, reading nooks and tidy rows of vegetables. But this garden is known for growing something more than food — neighbors say this garden works to grow connections in a community with a history of being intersected.
Burton Street community leaders are asserting that the neighborhood’s needs are being overlooked in a growing push to move forward with the Interstate 26 connector. They worry their neighborhood, already heavily impacted by interstate construction, will be further damaged.
Volunteers sought to assemble playground equipment.
Tomorrow, May 31, Asheville City Council will hold a community meeting at Vance Elementary. Topics of discussion will include plans for the Haywood Corridor, initiatives in the Burton Street neighborhood and transit route changes affecting the area.
Your recent coverage of the Savannah River Site and Sandy Mush is one-sided, and doesn't seem to have been fact-checked [“Local Matters Special Edition: Talking nuclear with Ned Ryan Doyle and Jerry Nelson,” an online-only feature, Jan. 20, www.mountainx.com]. There is no plan to consider Sandy Mush as a waste repository site, which is a […]
On a warm autumn day in the Burton Street neighborhood, the community center is bustling. It's a far cry from just a few years back, when members of the historically African-American West Asheville community were fighting off drug dealers and the center, once the pride of the neighborhood, had fallen into disrepair. Up on the […]
The Asheville Design Center has put the Burton Street Community Plan up on their website. The plan calls for a stable community association, an outdoor gathering space and pedestrian improvements.
Mountain Xpress has won first place from the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies for its 2009 multimedia project, “We are Burton Street: The Neighborhood’s Stand Against D.O.T.” The group effort involved Xpress staff and a host of citizen contributors — using video, audio and articles to tell the story of how one highway project affected a small, traditionally African-American neighborhood in West Asheville, North Carolina.
The Burton Street neighborhood has changed a lot since DeWayne Barton was a boy. “All this used to be a wooded area,” he says, motioning toward a line of houses adjoining the neighborhood’s community garden. “The whole place used to be like a little forest. I remember, growing up, I would play out here, only […]
Here’s your video preview of the May 20 edition of the Mountain Xpress.
At a March 9 forum on the controversial Interstate 26 connector, Mayor Terry Bellamy, Buncombe County Board of Commissioners Chair David Gantt and representatives of local groups urged residents of the Burton Street neighborhood to keep fighting and petition state officials to spare damage to their neighborhood. Hey, neighbor: Vivian Conley, a resident of the […]
At a forum on the controversial I-26 Connector Monday night, representatives of local groups, as well as Mayor Terry Bellamy and Buncombe County Board of Commissioners Chairman David Gantt urged residents of the Burton Street neighborhood to continue their activism and petition state officials to spare damage to their neighborhood.
If you want a slice of life in and around Burton Street, stop by the Burton Street Recreation Center.
A packed church in West Asheville’s Burton Street neighborhood signaled strong interest in Asheville’s planned I-26 connector. Here is coverage as it came in via Twitter, written in real time by two reporters: one a professionally trained journalist and one an amateur journalist and dedicated citizen.
A Monday-night forum in the Burton Street neighborhood will look at the I-26 project’s impact on homes in that area and other parts of West Asheville.
There has been no shortage of stances in the I-26 connector debate. Resolutions have been passed, endorsements made. Buncombe County and the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce have supported the option known as Alternative 3. Asheville City Council and several community groups and developers have backed the Asheville Design Center-initiated Alternative 4b. (See Xpress ongoing […]
The North Carolina Department of Transportation has modified the Alternative 3 plan for the Interstate 26 connector. The new plan, if adopted, would demolish fewer homes — seven instead of 25 — in the predominantly African-American Burton Street neighborhood.
The spiffed-up Burton Street Recreation Center should really just be called “home,” because that’s what it felt like as folks gathered Jan. 12 to celebrate its recent reopening. Neighbors hugged, carried in covered dishes and checked out the community center’s fresh paint and gleaming halls. Once a shabby symbol of the drug-ridden streets outside, the […]
In a tense 3-2 vote at their Jan. 6 meeting, the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners endorsed alternative 3, a controversial route for the Interstate 26 connector through Asheville. “My late grandfather worked hard for that home”: Burton Street resident Stephen Waters, who said he will lose his family home if Alternative 3 is selected, […]
The spiffed-up Burton Street Recreation Center should really just be called “home,” because that’s what it felt like Monday night as folks gathered to celebrate it’s recent reopening.
Alternative 3, a plan for the future I-26 connector backed by the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce and some Buncombe County commissioners, would demolish about 25 houses in the predominantly African-American Burton Street neighborhood, leaving 13 others nearby facing a sound wall.