Buncombe County Board of Commissioners April 5, 2011 meeting Buncombe ranked N.C.’s 17th healthiest county Commissioners OK public-safety towers A standing-room-only crowd turned out for the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners’ April 5 meeting; many were there to urge increased funding for URTV. The public-access channel can be seen on Charter Communications’ Channel 20 in […]
Kudos to the proposal for a Harris-Teeter grocery store at 136 Merrimon Ave. (on the corner of E. Chestnut and Merrimon). The site is the location of the former Deal Motor Cars; before that, there was a mansion built by George W. Pack — the same Pack of Pack Square and Pack Library. Mr. Pack, […]
A look at what’s been making headlines: Republicans get set to take over Raleigh; Crimes abound in WNC; New bathrooms on the way to Pack Square; Shuler votes “no” on health care repeal and more.
Walking the streets of Asheville on a cooling September afternoon, Joe Minicozzi points out parked cars bearing handicapped placards. Under state law, people with disabilities can park for free in unmetered on-street spaces; currently, the city doesn’t ticket or charge even those parking in metered spots. Minicozzi is executive director of the Asheville Downtown Association, […]
As temperatures cool down, campaign season has started heating up. In a recent online post, Xpress reported, "Buncombe GOP Fires First Video Salvo." The blog includes a video produced by the Buncombe County Republican Party in which Chair Chad Nesbitt asserts, “In order to defend ourselves against socialistic terrorism, we need to have a large […]
Two days after downtown Asheville was the scene of a two-and-a-half hour standoff between police and a man from South Carolina, big trucks arrived at the renovated Pack Memorial Library: “The Books Are Back,” Mountain Xpress staff photographer Jonathan Welch reported in a Thursday, Sept. 2 blog post. But earlier in the week… All’s well […]
Assessing the health of public art can be like approaching art itself: It’s all in how you look at it. Two speakers at the upcoming Public Art 360 conference, to be held later this month in Asheville, offer markedly different takes on the state of public art today and what should be done to encourage […]
You’d never know it from the kids splashing around the fountain or the young couples playing Frisbee on the lawn, but a decade ago, the 6.5 acres comprising downtown Asheville’s City/County Plaza was a mishmash of thoroughfares — three lanes of Patton Avenue traffic cut eastward past the Vance Monument, merging onto College Street — […]
In a presentation Monday morning, members of the conservancy said they have redesigned the site once reserved for a $2.5 million pavilion.
Pack Square Park got a green makeover today with the installation of nearly 18,000 square feet of sod. On Thursday, the park’s signature fountain will receive its crowning piece with the installation of a 20-foot-diameter brass ring.
The director of the Pack Square Park Conservancy said the board on Wednesday wrestled with questions concerning the park’s proposed $2.46 million pavilion.
The first phase of Asheville’s signature park is scheduled to be open in one month, after years of on-and-off construction work and the expenditure of millions in private donations and taxpayers’ dollars.
The board charged with overseeing the construction of the new $20 million Pack Square Park in the heart of downtown Asheville discussed dumping a planned $2.46 million park pavilion during its regular meeting Wednesday.
Asheville wants to end homelessness, right? That’s a noble cause, and I support the good intentions behind this effort. But if Asheville is ever going to achieve this lofty goal, we need to be honest about a few things first. 1) There’s a segment of Asheville’s homeless population that chooses it as a “lifestyle.” Take […]
My e-mail in box frequently receives outraged, sorrowing communications concerning the state of Stonehenge in England and the Hill of Tara in Ireland. Both have been important cultural markers in my personal spiritual journey, and I’ve been awed and privileged to spend time at each of them. Both are now endangered, say the e-mails, by […]