Future vision

A proposed zoning plan for the Haywood Road corridor , which would regulate development based on six types of districts, received mostly positive feedback from residents and business owners at a March 27 open house. The “form-based code,” a marked departure from current practice, could become a model for rezoning other parts of Asheville. “We’ve […]

Trailblazer: UNCA professor Dee James still leads the way

When Deborah “Dee” James walked tentatively onto the UNC Asheville campus in 1969, it was as one of the first African-Americans to integrate the women’s dormitories. Nowadays, however, she downplays that pioneer status. “It was the times; it was happenstance. If it wasn’t me, then it would have been somebody. Also, because I was 17, […]

Primed for a fight

Several Buncombe County Commissioners are facing challengers in the May 6 primary election. Here’s a basic rundown of the candidates and the races, broken down by district. District 1 Democrats Brownie Newman and Keith Young will fight for a seat in District 1, which encompasses the city of Asheville and leans to the left politically. […]

Biz blotter

Openings Apex Brain Centers, 2 Walden Ridge Dr. Suite 80. 708-5274. apexbraincenters.com Mojo Kitchen & Lounge, 55 College St. 255-7767. facebook.com/mojokitchenandlounge Katuah Market, 2 Hendersonville Road. 676-2882. katuahmarket.com King James Public House, 94 Charlotte St. 252-2412. facebook.com/kingjames.publichouse Love Hate Asheville, 37 Wall St. 424-7176. Nightbell, 32 S. Lexington Ave. 575-0375, thenightbell.com Posh Boutique Hotel, 8 […]

Serious consequences

An extensive joint study by the National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force highlights the hazards transgender people face. Among the findings of the 2011 study were: • 40 percent of respondents reported harassment when their identification didn't match their preferred name. • 63 percent reported facing serious discrimination […]

Green consulting: Vice Chair Ellen Frost consults with Buncombe County Attorney Bob Deutsch about the language in a resolution that seeks to limit the use of toxic cleaners. photo by Alicia Funderburk

Clean and green?

Their argument wasn’t quite toxic, but Buncombe County Commissioners fiercely debated a resolution extolling the virtues of green cleaning Feb. 18. Pushed by Vice Chair Ellen Frost, the “Resolution Regarding Use of Non-Toxic Cleaners” urges county staff to “incorporate environmental considerations into purchasing decisions” by using guiding principals developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. […]