Asheville’s human population growth has been matched by an increase in the number of vehicles on the region’s roads. Efforts to accommodate the resulting traffic — or move people around the city in different ways — were at the heart of many new developments in 2018.
“I get that Charlotte Street is not the most bike-friendly but would also bet that only one in a thousand vehicles on Charlotte is a bicycle; therefore, taking a car lane to create two bike lanes is like a pug tail wagging a Saint Bernard.”
“Another scenario is increasing road rage from backups, followed by more cars cutting through the heart of the neighborhood, where families with young children are moving in.”
If City Council votes to approve the proposed Charlotte Street Improvement Project, the road would be cut from four car lanes to three, making room for dedicated bike lanes and pedestrian improvements. Should Council approve the plan, bidding for construction is projected to begin this winter, with construction to start next spring or summer and finish by fall.
“Asheville can become a gilded city, where locals drink from gold-plated reusable straws and feel good about themselves, or it can strive toward a more inclusive vision.”
Although the exact footprint of the building is still under consideration, existing plans call for a first floor of businesses (16,000 square feet in total) topped by 26 efficiency, 93 one-bedroom and 61 two-bedroom apartments. A total of 327 parking spaces, some underground, would service the complex.
“In the words of Bernie Mac, bust a move.” Asheville City Council member Keith Young summarized the sentiments of many in attendance at Council’s April 24 meeting as he encouraged interim City Manager Cathy Ball and other city staff to speed up their work on promoting data transparency for the Asheville Police Department. Council considered […]
Asheville City Council will pull a doubleheader on Tuesday, April 24, as it grapples with how to address a projected deficit of $2.2 million for the budget for fiscal year 2018-19, which begins on July 1. The Council begins at 3 p.m. with a budget work session in the First Floor North Conference Room of […]
“We should strive for real, long-term benefits to our citizens rather than just letting the catchword ‘affordable’ create a massive debt with possibly little return.”
“Considering the amount of cars that travel Murdock, the narrowness of the street and the residents who live here, I ask the city to lower our speed limit, too.”
It’s been awhile, but it looks like another restaurant will finally open in the King James building on Charlotte Street. The space’s previous occupant, the beloved neighborhood eatery and bar King James Public House, was shuttered rather suddenly in January to make way for an expansion of the Charlotte-based Dressler’s Restaurant, a white tablecloth steakhouse. Those plans seem to have […]
A year after opening their highly anticipated Charlotte Street restaurant, chefs Patrick O’Cain and Chris Hathcock talk about how Asheville received their adventurous brand of Asian cuisine and how their menu has evolved.
Many people expected a brewery was in the offing. But despite the fact that White Labs Inc. — the business officially joining the Asheville beer community at 172 S. Charlotte St. — will have a tasting room of sorts with its own beer flowing, it is decidedly not a brewery in the traditional sense. White Labs is a […]
Patrick O’Cain has chosen a kitchen co-conspirator for Gàn Shān Station, his new venture on Charlotte Street. On Tuesday, O’Cain, owner of the soon-to-open Asian-themed restaurant, announced that Charleston, S.C., chef Chris Hathcock will join him in the role of co-executive chef at the eatery, which is slated to open later this year in the old gas station at […]
If you’ve been looking for a midday food coma, fear not: King James Public House can to satisfy your gluttony. The Charlotte Street restaurant is now serving lunch seven days a week.
From Mission Hospital’s aging facilities to Charlotte Street’s troublesome traffic, proposed and potential development plans in two different sectors ruled conversation during a breakfast meeting of the Council of Independent Business Owners on Friday, Sept. 6. (Photo of Mission Hospital’s Brian Moore by Caitlin Byrd)
A traffic study will address safety issues as well as ways the street could provide a safe passage for a variety of users. Traffic safety on Charlotte Street is an issue and was the reason behind the formation of the Charlotte Streetscape Committee. A 2010 neighborhood survey showed that over 64 percent did not feel […]
June 26 meeting Ingles sign variance voted down Tobacco sponsorships banned from future festivals Staff studies aren't usually particularly controversial. But a proposed traffic-engineering study for the Charlotte Street corridor got some pushback at the Asheville City Council’s June 26 meeting. Some area residents said the $50,000 study is an unnecessary expense — and the […]
After hearing concerns about decreasing the number of lanes on Charlotte Street, Asheville City Council voted 6-0 to go forward with a traffic study of the corridor, claiming it will provide better information for future improvements.
Streets are front and center for Asheville City Council at its meeting tonight, as the august governing body will consider both a “complete streets policy” and a traffic study for the Charlotte Street corridor. They’ll also tackle a tobacco sponsorship ban at Bele Chere and whether Asheville should become the Inaugural Bee City, USA.