For the first time in 16 years, Asheville has a new city attorney: this past week City Council appointed Robin Currin, a Raleigh attorney with particular expertise in land use and zoning law, to the job. The role is one of the most powerful positions in city government, especially in an era of frequent court battles.
Late last month, Asheville City Council passed the Haywood Road Vision Plan, a years-long effort by community members and city staff to outline the future of the corridor. It’s not a one-time event either: Such plans for different areas of the city are a main way city leaders hope to shape the Asheville of tomorrow, and it’s a plan they want to extend to more neighborhoods. Sometimes, however, these plans can also prove controversial.
When Asheville City Council voted 5-1 this week to give $90,000 to Moogfest (including $40,000 in cash), it marked the latest chapter in a long Asheville debate: Whether it’s business or festivals, who should get money from the city?
On Jan. 1, just to be dramatic about it, my car died. Since then I’ve relied on Asheville’s transit system.
Never mind that we’ve experienced the wettest July on record (and really, it’s got to be the wettest year ever). And never mind that the lower half of the Southeast gets dubbed “the sadness belt,” due to high unemployment and poverty, and a few other matters. In Asheville, we’re happy. At least, that’s what the Huffington Post says.
A determined and inspirited contingent of Asheville’s faith community made itself heard last Monday, May 20, when over 20 faith leaders held a press conference at the foot of the courthouse steps to speak out against a plethora of laws that are being proposed and passed by the North Carolina General Assembly this year.
Amid the lawsuits and budget wrangling, Asheville City Council elections are approaching. There’s something clearly missing in the media speculation about who will run and win: electronic versions of ancient Chinese prophecy. Here’s what my I-Ching phone app says about each campaign, along with some agricultural and marital advice.
After President Barack Obama’s visit earlier this week, an inevitable outpouring of attention from the national media followed. Here’s the facts — harsher and more fascinating — that they missed. Photo by Max Cooper.
While national media are already going about the ritual of speculating about the 2016 Presidential elections, it’s not too early for Ashevilleans to start discussing who might run in the 2013 city elections — with the mayorship and three Asheville City Council seats up — and what they’ll fight about.
Asheville City Council’s recent passage of stricter noise rules isn’t the first fight over the city’s growing nightlife, and it won’t be the last.
It is with pride that I admit I have never felt sexier than when surrounded by 1,000 women, chanting and releasing, getting my hands dirty in the earth, and putting steaming-hot food made with love and herbs into my body.
The seventh annual Southeast Women’s Herbal Conference, held Oct. 12-14 at Lake Eden, promoted a simple but powerful idea — that there is a healer in us all. Here are a few recipes and herbal aids straight from the wise woman’s medicine cabinet. Enjoy!
Like much of the U.S., the Asheville area shows sharp political divides, with deep blue and deep red in the same county. The meeting of a crowd of Mitt Romney supporters with a smattering of protesters during the Thursday, Oct. 11, rally was one of those moments when the two sides bumped shoulders. (Photos by Max Cooper)
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.
Asheville’s annual ritual showdown with fire-and-brimstone street preachers has played out much the same as usual, with some mutations: street preachers have discovered the Bele Chere hashtag on Twitter, and the city’s attempts to restrict amplification failed to bear fruit. (photo by Bill Rhodes)
Some analysis of the biggest surprises from Tuesday’s primary elections and what they mean for Asheville.
The Atlantic‘s Cities blog has highlighted one of the cities’ great success stories — its downtown revitalization — as a model for others to follow. That’s true, but it’s not the whole story, and the rest reveals important issues urbanism discussions often neglect.
Readers, we’d like to know your experience with local government transparency, especially with regards to open records.
This city has a future. For all its very real flaws, there’s no place I’d rather call home. Photo by Bill Rhodes
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Ever wonder why you aren’t reaching your weight-loss goals in spite of hitting the gym and being smart in the kitchen?