Skateboarding’s stereotypical image hovers somewhere between Fast Times at Ridgemont High and the Sex Pistols. And while that would seem to make it a natural fit for the fringe-blender that is Asheville, there are challenges — including hefty fines. But beneath its surface madness, skateboarding girds itself with a subtle but very real prosody.
Local skateboard and apparel company Ashevillian holds a launch party/benefit for non-profit A.skate Foundation that includes a skating competition, live bands, videos and a raffle. Saturday, Sept. 14, 6 p.m. $8 until 8 p.m. on Sept. 14 and $10 after 8 p.m. $2 of each ticket will go to A.skate Foundation. Photos by Ashevillian.
Local photographer Mike Belleme’s street skaters images are included on the CNN Photos blog. Image by Belleme, from his website.
Tonight, July 24, Asheville City Council heard the first public report on the Asheville Police Department evidence room, revealing a state of deep disarray. Mayor Terry Bellamy called the situation “appalling,” and the auditors estimated it will take at least two years to sort out.
It promises to be a busy meeting for Asheville City Council tonight, as it receives the first public report focusing on the evidence room audit. But that’s not all: allowing skateboarding downtown and state legislation on the possible take-over of the city’s water system are also before Council.
Since 1965, skateboarding (and rollerskating) in downtown Asheville has been illegal. But that long ban might soon come to an end. At its April 24 meeting, City Council voted 5-1 to direct staff to draft rules for legal skateboarding on downtown roadways. (Mayor Terry Bellamy, who's running for Congress, was absent for a third-straight meeting.) […]
A packed Asheville City Council meeting started a possible end to Asheville’s 1960s-era skateboarding ban, while people voiced their opposition to the state taking the city’s water system and expressed concerns about homelessness.
The budget, the water system, neighborhoods, food security, legislative goals, electronic gaming, and skateboards. Yes, all those topics (and more!) are on the agenda for tonight’s Asheville City Council meeting. There’s also two protests beforehand.
Unusually, today’s meeting of Asheville City Council’s Public Safety Committee had a packed house, as members of the public turned up to pay attention to discussions on downtown’s skateboarding ban and possible changes to the city’s noise ordinance.
Tonight, Push the video world premiers at the Asheville Pizza and Brewing Co. on Merrimon. And tomorrow, a show of behind-the-scenes photos opens at Push the gallery.
Skateboarding in the Asheville, North Carolina, area takes on a new dimension with endless miles of winding mountain roads.
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Downtown Friday night highlights, mellow longboarding, student justice, Asheville High’s production of “Bye Bye Birdie,” a somber bit of Butoh, slot car racing, sinful wizards and local music via webcam.