Surrounded by mountains and crammed into a 45-square-mile valley, the city of Asheville is bursting at the seams, suffering from a severe housing shortage, skyrocketing rents and home prices, overcrowded streets with no place to park, and an abundance of lower-paying, tourism-based jobs.
A pair of recent interactive info-graphics published by the New York Times and Wall Street Journal highlight troublesome economic statistics for Buncombe County.
This combo meal of two different local stories — such as this and this — is a better value than purchasing two separate cartoons.
Last week, the U.S. Conference of Mayors released an in-depth report examining the hunger and homelessness situations in 25 cities across the country, including Asheville. The report found that the city has serious issues with low wages, unaffordable housing, poverty, and the number of domestic violence survivors who end up homeless. Increases in homelessness are modest, but more families are homeless. The report also highlighted some local organizations doing “exemplary” work on the issues but predicted that coming social service cuts could make the situations on both fronts more dire.
Nick Campbell and Wages (formerly based in Asheville), recently posted this new video for their song, “Pull Through.” The video was created at HATCH (also formerly in Asheville), where Campbell was a 2013 music groundbreaker.
The state of the Asheville area economy is getting stronger, with job numbers nearing prerecession levels, but wages remain stagnant, according to panelists at the 14th annual Asheville Metro Economy Outlook.
I totally agree with Thad Eckard's Nov. 28 Opinion piece, “Think Before You Spend.” I agree that paying a living wage to employees is only fair. The minimum-wage rate for retail workers in the field I'm in is no more than $7.50 per hour. That is below poverty-level wage, and you are thinking about which […]
Check out this footage of Nick Campell’s “Pull Through” installation, in which he plays guitars with machines that operate fishing wire, a paint brush and more.
Sitel Chief Human Resources Officer Michael Wellman responds to Xpress’ Aug. 1 cover story on the union drive at the Asheville call center (“Unprecedented”). In this interview, Wellman discusses the company’s stance on the issues of wages, working conditions and unions.
Coming off this week’s cover story on the union organizing drive at the Sitel call center, this is a discussion thread for any topic related to jobs, wages, and working conditions in Asheville.
The NC Justice Center has released economic “snapshots” of North Carolina’s 100 counties. The data for Buncombe Count reveals an area with an educated populace and low unemployment, but struggling with affordability and low wages.
This weekend offers puppets, music, theater, pets and ice cream … lots of ice cream. So leash your dog, whet your appetite and head into town for these budget-friendly happenings. And while you’re here, check out Clubland for a complete music calendar.
The North Carolina Justice Center has released economic snapshots for the last two years for many of the state’s counties. Buncombe’s reveals lower-than-average unemployment but a tough rental market, below-average wages and high cost-of-living.
This weekend, Asheville Streetstyle takes a look back through the past year. In photos, of course. And with musical accompaniment courtesy of local band Wages. Click through for the slideshow.
Asheville’s Wages play a pre-PROM!! show at the LAB this Saturday.