It’s just about that time again. In a little over a week, thousands will descend on downtown for Bele Chere, the massive annual street festival with which Asheville enjoys a love-hate relationship. What’s your take on the event?
Council pitches compromise on water laws Parks plan needs more work Bele Chere ‘09 scaled back Asheville City Council’s Feb. 24 meeting—all seven hours of it—was book-ended by dollar signs and question marks. It started with a city budget update and ended with a report on the federal stimulus package, both of which presage more […]
As it has in the past, the city put up roadblocks during this year’s Bele Chere, restricting traffic. Blocked off: At a July 28 city forum, the Rev. John Grant of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church voiced concerns about limited access to The Block during this summer’s Bele Chere festival. Photo by Jonathan Welch But […]
The schedule change, made out of concern for downtown businesses feeling the financial pinch of prolonged construction, means there will be room for the Taste of Asheville food booths during Bele Chere this year, but it pushes back the start of construction.
Welcome to the Asheville of the early ‘80s—a period when restaurant development would play an important role in bolstering the emergence of downtown as a recreational and entertainment destination. Two key events in 1979 undoubtedly fueled the incipient stirrings of social activity in downtown Asheville: the launch of the Bele Chere festival, now a downtown […]
The city of Asheville will host a public forum concerning Bele Chere in the Asheville Civic Center Banquet Hall on Tuesday, Jan. 30 at 6:30 p.m. The event is the third in a series of Goals for Asheville Forums and will afford residents a chance to offer props, grieve, gripe, grumble or suggest ways to […]
Fresh from a weekend retreat where they outlined priorities for the coming year, Asheville City Council members bulled their way through a host of topics at the Jan. 24 formal session. Two new residential proposals — including a downtown high-rise condominium development — sailed through the approval process, greased by design details that Council found […]