BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER: While community members largely spoke out in favor of Alternative 4B for Section B of the I-26 Connector Project, several aspects of NCDOT’s design, such as the three bridges that would span the French Broad River near Montford (above), have a coalition of Montford neighbors and others questioning the scale and scope of the design. Image via NCDOT; courtesy of DWAC

Despite progress, concerns about the I-26 Connector persist

When the DOT finally decided on a design for Section B of the Connector project in 2015, many stakeholders thought they saw light at the end of a very long tunnel. Other residents, however, see serious flaws in Alternative 4B, questioning whether the project’s long-term benefits will justify the sacrifices their neighborhoods must make to see it completed.

ULTIMATE FUN: Players from French Broad River Academy try to advance the disc up the field against Franklin School of Innovation during a Wednesday Middle School Spring League game at Memorial Stadium. Photo taken by Mark Strazzer.

Conscious Party: Asheville Youth Ultimate Frisbee

WHAT: A benefit night for the Asheville Youth Ultimate Frisbee program WHERE: Hi-Wire Brewing WHEN: Thursday, May 25, 4-11 p.m. WHY: With both fall and spring programs, games running several times a week and a tournament to culminate the end of a successful season, the Asheville Youth Ultimate Frisbee league is expanding, allowing more students the opportunity to get […]

Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer. Photo by Max Cooper

Mayor Manheimer, Asheville citizens call for fair redistrict­ing

Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer held a press conference Thursday, May 11, to highlight House Bill 200, which seeks to end gerrymandering on a statewide level. Asheville residents affiliated with Common Cause NC, a nonprofit organization based out of Raleigh, also spoke against gerrymandering within congressional districts and the need to support the proposed legislation.