From Carolina Public Press: ASHEVILLE – Sharing facts and figures, art and emotions and calls to action, the nearly 100 people crowded into a small room at the Burton Street Community Center last Thursday discussed the effect incarceration has on families and communities. The event, sponsored by UNC Asheville and Asheville Writers in the Schools, […]
Full announcement from Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation: Online registration begins April 1 for Grandfather Mountain’s annual Nature Photography Weekend, a stimulating workshop for photographers planned for May 30-June 1. The annual event features presentations from five renowned photographers, spectacular shooting opportunities on the Mountain and a friendly but competitive photo contest. The 2014 speakers are: […]
After months of preparation, city of Asheville staff will present a new “form-based” zoning plan for the Haywood Road corridor at a meeting tomorrow night, Thursday, March 27. The new plan is a very different approach from the city’s previous development rules, and could provide a model for overhauling other neighborhoods’ zoning as well.
From the Buncombe County Health Department: Buncombe County ranks #18 in the state when it comes to overall health, according to the Annual County Health Rankings Report released today. This report offers a way for us to take a look at how healthy we are today and how healthy we may be in the future […]
From the Habitat for Humanity ReStore: ASHEVILLE, N.C. (March 26, 2014) – The Habitat ReStore at 31 Meadow Road will host a one-day food drive for MANNA FoodBank on Saturday, April 5 from 9am-6pm. Customers who bring 5 cans of food will receive a 20% discount on purchases made that day. ReStore proceeds support Asheville […]
From West Asheville activist Steve Rasmussen: My name is Steve Rasmussen, and I’m a participant in the I26 ConnectUs group. Yes, let’s fix the bridge. But let’s do it smart. Asheville needs MORE greenway, LESS freeway. This is the 21st century now, not the 20th. In the last century, “progress” was the catchword that justified […]
As the weather outside shifted between sunshine and snow, Asheville City Council joined their Buncombe County counterparts in pushing forward a resolution for a new Interstate 26 connector. They also re-started the process for redeveloping a key property in the heart of downtown. Photo by Alicia Funderburk.
Burton Street community leaders are asserting that the neighborhood’s needs are being overlooked in a growing push to move forward with the Interstate 26 connector. They worry their neighborhood, already heavily impacted by interstate construction, will be further damaged.
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.
As a renewed push to move the Interstate 26 connector forward continues, Asheville City Council gets its turn on Tuesday, March 25, to consider a joint resolution seeking to make the long-delayed highway overhaul a reality, even as a number of community groups vocally oppose the plan. Council will also consider what to do with vacant property on Haywood Street across from the Basilica of St. Lawrence, another contentious issue.
Announcement from Clean Energy For US: Free Energy Audit Clean Energy For Us — Buncombe campaign Save money and reduce pollution! Sign up now through March 31, 2014 www.CleanEnergyFor.Us In partnership with Western North Carolina Alliance, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, Self-Help Credit Union Informational Workshop March 26, 6-7:30 p.m. The Millroom 66 Asheland Ave. […]
From Carolina Public Press: Carolina Public Press’ recent report on state government documents regarding last summer’s suspension of Femcare, Western North Carolina’s only abortion clinic, drew a response from the state’s Department of Health and Human Services yesterday. In it, a DHHS spokesperson again denied that political motives were behind the suspension. The March 13 […]
From the Asheville Citizen-Times: ASHEVILLE — Listings for short-term vacation rentals in some of the city’s nicest neighborhoods entice renters with terms like “convenient,” “a quiet and peaceful escape” and “one of Asheville’s most prestigious locations.” They don’t include a phrase that is less inviting, but at least as true: “May violate city rules.” Dozens […]
Full announcement from Asheville City Council member Gordon Smith: City Councilman Gordon Smith endorsed NC Senate candidate Veronika Gunter today with these words, “Veronika Gunter is a woman who can carry forward the legacy of the late Sen. Martin Nesbitt. Veronika’s tenacity, intelligence, charm, and strategic thinking are exactly the characteristics we need to continue […]
Full announcement from Mars Hill College: “Women in Politics” was the title of a talk given by North Carolina Representative Susan Fisher at Mars Hill University on March 20. Fisher, who spent part of her college years at Mars Hill, represents the 114th district (Buncombe County) in the NC House. Her speech is part of […]
From the Asheville Tool Library: When: Monday, March 24, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Where: French Broad Food Co-op Come join us anytime on Monday evening to find out how to get involved in the Asheville Tool Library or to pick up your very own Hemp/Organic Cotton Tool Library T-Shirt or Hoodie! We’ll be there […]
From Clean Energy for Us: ASHEVILLE – Clean Energy For Us, a local program that makes the adoption of solar power and energy efficiency upgrades cheaper and easier, will present a free educational workshop on March 26 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the Mill Room, 66 Asheland Avenue. The event will give the public […]
Report shines light on Asheville’s housing problems, possible solutions.
Last year, relations between the North Carolina General Assembly and the city of Asheville were marked by hostility, public wars of words and even a lawsuit. At a special meeting yesterday, March 18, however, multiple Asheville City Council members expressed a desire to improve things this year, even though looming legislation could cost the city further revenue. They also signed off on efforts to better coordinate the city’s own lobbying efforts in Raleigh.
Statement from Femcare: Recognizing the political challenges in today’s environment, Femcare has been in conversation with Planned Parenthood for several months. Both parties want to ensure that women in Western North Carolina have strong, long-term access to full GYN health options, including abortion. With that mutual goal in mind, in the coming year Femcare will […]
Today Asheville City Council appointed Robin Currin as the new city attorney, formally swearing her in at a special meeting. Currin, a Raleigh-based attorney with experience in local government, land and zoning law, will take office on May 1. Photo by Alicia Funderburk.