The Occupy Asheville demonstrators are requesting an exemption from city rules to allow them to camp in Pack Square. Meanwhile, Asheville City Council members and city staff are discussing possible ways forward, and the legal ramifications, via email.
The progressive advocacy group, People Advocating for Real Conservancy, unleashed the first video salvo of this year’s Asheville City Council race, attacking candidate Mark Cates for his connections to the Asheville Tea Party.
A controversial bill proposed by state Rep. Tim Moffitt that would originally have seized Asheville’s water system and transferred it to the Metropolitan Sewerage District has been drastically revised. The current version of the bill calls for studying the efficiency of moving the water systems of large cities to a MSD.
After two and a half hours of public debate and discussion on Jan. 25, Asheville City Council members gave the go-ahead for a parking-deck, hotel development at 51 Biltmore Ave. in downtown. The project passed 5-2, with Council members Cecil Bothwell and Gordon Smith voting against it.
On Nov. 15, AdvantageWest hosted its fall economic summit, featuring a panel discussion that included North Carolina State Treasurer Janet Cowell, N.C. Institute of Emerging Issues Director Anita Brown-Graham and banking expert Austin Adams. Here’s what some of the panelists — and observer Asheville City Council member Gordon Smith — said afterward.
I’ll go out on a limb and make a prediction: Asheville’s next big political battle will pit advocates of sustainability and affordability against neighborhood activists.
A proposed ordinance that would allow considerably more density — and faster approval — for green, affordable development saw a reversal last week when the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission voted it down 3-2 and recommended a scaled-down version instead. The rules triggered a debate about exactly how Asheville will pursue the oft-touted goal of sustainability.
Today Asheville City Council member Gordon Smith tweeted deliberations on re-opening the Hillcrest pedestrian bridge and other matters at meetings of the Public Safety and Planning and Economic Development committees.
The death of Anthony Ray Gilmore, 25, killed while running across Interstate 240 in an attempt to reach Hillcrest Apartments, has Asheville city officials examining the possibility of re-opening a pedestrian bridge leading into the area. The pedestrian access has been closed since 1994.
Photo by Jonathan Welch
Mayor Terry Bellamy, along with City Manager Gary Jackson, appeared on the Conversations radio show on WCQS last night. Bellamy defended her controversial vote against same-sex domestic-partnership benefits and said that the issue was a way for Council member Gordon Smith to boost his own chances at a future mayoral run.
Early this morning, in the food court of the Biltmore Square mall, members of the Council of Independent Business Owners gathered to hear elected officials from Buncombe County and the city of Asheville summarize their situations and goals.
Scrutiny Hooligans blogger Gordon Smith will formally launch his campaign for Asheville City Council on Friday, with an online media event dubbed “First-Access.”
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