After sharing 42 slides worth of charts, data and graphs, an independent economic consultant speaking to local doctors, health advocates, politicians and board members at the Feb. 22 meeting of the Buncombe County Department of Health and Human Services made a conclusion: Though the recession started five years ago, the numbers show that Buncombe County still has “a ways to go.” Highlights of the presentation, along with the full presentation, can be found in this post. (Slide image courtesy of SYNEVA Economics)
After President Barack Obama’s visit earlier this week, an inevitable outpouring of attention from the national media followed. Here’s the facts — harsher and more fascinating — that they missed. Photo by Max Cooper.
I have lived in Asheville for a little more than a year and love it. One of the reasons I moved from New England was because of the cost of living. I bought a darling house for a price that wouldn't be possible up North. However, I find the food here to be extraordinarily expensive. […]
Pat LaPier, president of the Buncombe County Foster Care Association, is in a unique position. She donates her time to the community and also receives services from Children First/Communities In Schools Family Resource Center at Emma. Jodi Ford of Children First/Communities In Schools tells her story. Photos by Jodi Ford.
High Poverty Levels Resistant to Economic Recovery – Families Still Reeling from the Great Recession (infographic from N.C. Justice Center)
Asheville City Council members approved extending city water to residents near the contaminated former CTS of Asheville site at their Sept. 25 meeting.
The Atlantic‘s Cities blog has highlighted one of the cities’ great success stories — its downtown revitalization — as a model for others to follow. That’s true, but it’s not the whole story, and the rest reveals important issues urbanism discussions often neglect.
The NC Justice Center has released economic “snapshots” of North Carolina’s 100 counties. The data for Buncombe Count reveals an area with an educated populace and low unemployment, but struggling with affordability and low wages.
Java for Justice, a joint effort between Pisgah Legal, the Van Winkle law firm, the Asheville Radio Group, and area coffee shops to raise funds for the legal aid nonprofit, begins today and lasts through Feb. 24, with Feb. 22 featuring a day of events.
About 75 department heads, staffers, elected officials and others gathered Feb. 15 to celebrate recent renovations to the Buncombe County Health and Human Services Department building in downtown Asheville.
(Pictured here: Board chair David Gantt and Commissioner Carol Peterson try out a new kids play area in the building’s lobby. Photos by Bill Rhodes)
I’d like to call your attention to another Big Idea in the works for 2012, The Success Equation: a movement to reduce the incidence and impact of child poverty and create a community where all children thrive [”Big Ideas for 2012,” Jan. 4 and Jan. 11, Xpress]. Scientific research on toxic stress and brain development, […]
In response to Xpress’ request for big ideas for 2012 from around the community, the team at Pisgah Legal, a local non-profit that offers aid and advocacy for low-income residents, offered five ideas for “putting a dent in poverty in 2012.”
More than 2,000 seekers flooded employers at Biltmore Square Mall for the annual Homecoming Job Fair.
Local activists hold memorial for 22 who died homeless in 2011.
Nearly one out of every five mountain residents lived in poverty last year in more than half of the region’s 17 counties.
As the economic downturn wears on, more and more people are finding they lack the money to access basic legal assistance in connection with issues ranging from foreclosure to domestic violence. Meanwhile, Pisgah Legal Services has seen its caseload increase massively, even as its funding has dried up. Since last year, the nonprofit law firm’s […]
When I read Mr. Roberts’ June 1 Xpress letter, “What Happened to Pack Memorial Library?” my first reaction was speechless disbelief that he would take it upon himself to label a sizable portion of Pack Library patrons “ex-cons, strung-out drug abusers, downtrodden” and “scary-looking thugs.” Ironically, downtrodden is defined by the Princeton University WordNet database […]
The North Carolina Justice Center has released economic snapshots for the last two years for many of the state’s counties. Buncombe’s reveals lower-than-average unemployment but a tough rental market, below-average wages and high cost-of-living.
A study released this month by the Food Research and Action Center identified the Asheville metro area as the seventh worst in the country for food hardship.
From December through January, the Asheville area lost 3,800 jobs, and the unemployment rate rose to 10.1 percent, the highest rise in North Carolina during that time, according to statistics from the state’s Employment Security Commission.