Collision Course: Growth vs. Preservation

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Cover Design Credit:

Scott Southwick

Cover Photography Credit:

Matt Henson
As Buncombe County’s population grows, the question of how to manage that growth becomes increasingly urgent — and a new Board of Commissioners seems likely to put a new county land use plan at the top of its agenda. Meanwhile, a successful effort to save the Enka clock tower highlights how locals are emphasizing historic preservation amid development pressures.





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    -by Leslie Boyd
    As the state prepares to distribute the first doses of a vaccine against the novel coronavirus, a local resident who participated in a Phase 3 clinical trial for the development…
  • Local preservationists look to the future

    -by Thomas Calder
    After threats of demolition, the Enka clock tower will be preserved. Local historians and advocates find lessons from it for future preservation efforts.
  • Unanimous commission vote OKs Vance removal

    -by Daniel Walton
    Because the monument stands on city property, Asheville City Council will have the ultimate say; Council is expected to take that vote at its regular meeting on Dec. 8.
  • New commission to tackle county land use

    -by Daniel Walton
    Buncombe County Board of Commissioners Chair Brownie Newman lists land use policy as a top priority for the new commission, sworn in on Dec. 7. Board members will likely revisit…