Van life: When the road leads to Asheville

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Cover Design Credit:

Scott Southwick

Cover Photography Credit:

Hokey Pokey (aka David Schick)
An inside look at the world of van life (or #vanlife, depending on your social-media inclinations) — from the freedom of life on the road to the realities of making a living, along with the occasional catastrophic van fire.




  • Ashevilleans jump off the sugar train

    -by Jacqui Castle
    Eliminating sugar from your diet can be a drastic improvement to your health, say local experts. Sugar-sweetened beverages are the major culprit, they add, representing half of Americans' sugar intake.


  • Screen scene: Local film news

    -by Edwin Arnaudin
    The Grey Eagle hosts a rare screening of 'The Sad and Beautiful World of Sparklehorse,' BMCM+AC shows a documentary about former faculty member Robert Motherwell and his New York School…


  • Krazy with Kudzu looks at good and bad of invasive vine

    -by Kari Barrows
    While pretty much everyone agrees kudzu is a big problem across the South, there seem to be as many philosophies for dealing with it as there are leaves on the…
  • Start from seedling

    -by Maggie Cramer
    The N.C. Forest Service offers a range of tree seedlings from varieties that flourish in the state. Customers can place their orders online now for fall delivery at distribution centers…
  • Van life: What happens when the road leads to Asheville?

    -by Hokey Pokey, aka David Schick
    Rising housing costs, a longing for travel, the opportunity to leverage technology to work remotely: It's not any one trend alone that's driving a resurgence of interest in life on…
  • Community land trust project has bumpy launch

    -by Able Allen
    If trust is a function of time, an innovative approach to affordable housing may already be in trouble. On July 13, about 30 community stakeholders gathered in an echoey auditorium…
  • Multilingual government services grow in fits and starts

    -by Rachel Ingram
    When activists hired Spanish-language interpreters for the May 23 meeting of Asheville City Council, some community members questioned why local government bodies aren't already providing interpretation services at all public…
  • Conscious Party: Asheville Celebrates Teachers Extravaganza

    -by Molly Horak
    WHAT: A self-care celebration for Western North Carolina educators WHEN: Wednesday Aug. 2, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. WHERE: Asheville Music Hall WHY: With the start of the school year…
  • Bond lawsuit calls Asheville’s 3.5-cent tax increase ‘illegal’

    -by Virginia Daffron
    Retired attorney Sidney Bach and former Asheville vice mayor have filed a motion to amend the lawsuit they brought against the city of Asheville over its general obligation bond program…
  • Buncombe County candidates file for municipal offices

    -by Virginia Daffron
    With the deadline for filing to run for municipal elected office — noon on July 21 — now past, the slate of candidates for Buncombe County elected officials is complete.