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Little Big City Blues: Asheville’s growing housing crisis
Surrounded by mountains and crammed into a 45-square-mile valley, the city of Asheville is bursting at the seams, suffering from a severe housing shortage, skyrocketing rents and home prices, overcrowded streets with no place to park, and an abundance of lower-paying, tourism-based jobs.
Let it slide
Just because certain bureaucratic state regulations put a damper on a potentially fun warm weather event does not mean local residents can’t enjoy the slipping and sliding around the city right now in the dead of winter!
Murmurs and rumors of potentially onerous metropolitan emolument costs cause buskers to cluster and abjure future censure.
The Asheville Holiday Parade as told by Ashevilleans
The Asheville Holiday Parade draws a crowd in downtown Asheville, winding around Biltmore, Patton and French Broad Avenues and ending on Charlotte Street.
Asheville City Council expresses ‘outrage and condemnation’ over state concealed handgun law
At the Nov. 12 Asheville City Council meeting — the last meeting held before new members (and a new mayor) are sworn in — concealed handgun laws and revised construction plans for a health and workforce development facility were hot topics on the agenda.
Council holds “good-faith” water discussion with legislators
Only two legislators made it to the Asheville City Council discussion session Tuesday afternoon, held specifically to dialogue with the local delegation concerning the proposed merger of Asheville’s water system with the Buncombe County Metropolitan Sewerage District. But those present – council members and legislators – did manage to get a few things off their chests.
The Asheville Argus: Myopia
I met Star last week, on a brilliantly cold night when he and his fellow Occupiers were huddled together in front of City Hall’s cul-de-sac. He confided to me that his plan for changing the world involves vilifying the rich to the point that their wives withhold sex.
Asheville City Council Oct. 25, 2011 meeting Protesters’ usage fees waived City, MSD form joint task force on water system Occupy Asheville protesters packed the Council chamber and an overflow room during Asheville City Council's Oct. 25 meeting, picking up where they’d left off two weeks before. In the interim, some 30 to 50 protesters […]
Ponderwell, Xpress finalists for city community media proposal ***UPDATED 12:41 p.m.***
The city of Asheville has named two finalists for its request for proposals for community media: Web development-and-design firm Ponderwell and media outlet Mountain Xpress. Here’s all the submitted proposals, including those two.
LIVE: Follow Asheville City Council’s Sept. 13 meeting at #avlgov
With the second vote on allowing food trucks in downtown Asheville, City Council members have a full agenda for today’s Sept. 13 meeting. For live dispatches from Senior News Reporter David Forbes, look here, or follow #davidforbes or #avlgov on Twitter.
Asheville-Buncombe-Henderson Water Agreements: 1995
In 1981, Buncombe County, the city of Asheville and individual water districts in the county came together and created the Asheville/Buncombe Water Authority. In 1995, Henderson County joined in, creating a historic regional group: Here’s the Regional Water Supply and Water Service Agreement adopted by Asheville, Buncombe and Henderson officials in 1995.
Asheville City Council March 22, 2011 meeting Trash pickup may be retooled Living wage approved for city contracts To some observers, it may have seemed as though Asheville City Council members and Ingles Markets were playing a game of development chicken, reaching the cliff’s edge during Council’s March 22 meeting. In February, Council members balked […]
LIVE: Asheville City Council coverage
Follow Mountain Xpress live Asheville City Council dispatches via Twitter by following the hashtag #avlgov — or click here for our live feed. For a Council’s agenda and a preview, click here.