Asheville Council ponders sidewalks, Sunday bus service and stormwater

Asheville leaders could vote later this month to spend millions of dollars on sidewalks and greenways as part of a capital improvement program for the coming year. The budget also funds Sunday bus service in the city, starting Jan. 1. Yet some residents, and City Council member Chris Pelly, voiced concern during the June 10 budget hearing that such the sidewalk investment […]

Are greenways really green?

Recent news has featured a debate over Asheville's ambitious greenway plan, consisting of extensive construction along area waterways. The debate has focused primarily on individual landowners' rights versus public domain. But this misses the point. The position of [city] Parks and Recreation [staff], and of the environmental consultants whom they use,  seems to be largely […]

Connecting Buncombe: Plans call for linking many county towns, parks, neighborhoods and schools with about 83 miles of greenways along corridors such as the French Broad and Swannanoa rivers. map courtesy Equinox Environmental

The path ahead: County greenways plan faces major hurdles

After years of planning and public meetings, Buncombe County is poised to release a comprehensive proposal for an extensive greenway system linking towns, parks, schools and other key sites. Bolstered by recent successes in the city of Asheville, and by growing support for transportation alternatives, advocates are eager for the plan to be released (it’s […]

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SECU donates land for Davidson River Trail

The State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) recently donated a tract that will aid in the development of the Davidson River Trail, a bike- and walkway linking the Brevard community to the Davidson River Campground, the Cradle of Forestry, and Pisgah National Forest. This connection will give area residents a new way to gain access to Pisgah National Forest and visit such environmental wonders as Sliding Rock and many area waterfalls – all by foot or bicycle.

Asheville City Council

Council approves veterans memorial Multilingual signs here to stay Asheville City Council members are still settling into 2009, tweaking the priorities laid down at their January retreat and adjusting to the ramifications of a slumping economy. Nonetheless, they took two votes during their Feb. 10 meeting that showed strong support for the city’s developing greenway […]