A new hotel?

More commercial development is on the way for a spot in Oteen, thanks to a unanimous rezoning decision by the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners at its May 1 meeting. At the urging of property owner H.P. Patel, a vacant 1.78-acre parcel at 1501 Tunnel Road was rezoned from R–2 (Residential District) to CS (Commercial […]

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No decisions yet on Charlotte Street corridor improvemen­ts, city staff say

The Jewish Community Center gymnasium was full tonight, Feb. 6, with residents and Asheville City staff and City Council members. The topic: Transportation issues — particularly bicycling infrastructure — for a half-mile stretch of Charlotte Street. Several residents dispatched live updates via Twitter from the meeting.
(photo by Asheville City Council member Gordon Smith)

What scoots around comes around

I was the proud owner of a red and black Baccio scooter. I paid $600 for it (from my barely above minimum-wage income). I spent the whole year of 2010 walking around this town to get to school, my job, the grocery store, etc. I've been beeped at, yelled at, cussed at. Rain, sun, sleet, […]

All aboard, Asheville!

Let us not hesitate to build a new transportation system that implements light rail, bus and bike lanes as an addition to Asheville’s current transportation system. The long-term effects of implementing this infrastructure now far outweigh any doubt, hesitation or fear of cost. Long term, a light rail could bring residents from Marshall or Canton […]

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Officials: Again, don’t panic, fuel is on the way

A host of county, city and state officials asked citizens to stay calm at a press conference this afternoon, stating that while steps are being taken to relieve the gas shortage, supplies would be spotty for at least another week, though more fuel is coming into the region. Mayor Terry Bellamy also criticized the state government for slow action, while state Rep. Charles Thomas said large oil companies “are begging us to regulate them.”

The Other Side of the Mountain

All of a sudden it seems to some, if not to those of us who are older, that we have an “energy crisis.” We’ve been living on the edge for years, driving larger and larger cars, building larger and larger homes, and pretending the supply of oil and especially gasoline was unlimited. Oops: Now the […]

Craving nature

I recently spent a month at home with my 4-month-old daughter, Eleanor Marie. During this time, I learned many things, some of them totally new to me. She’s my first child, and I’ve found out why every little girl is a daddy’s girl. And like every parent, I know my child is the most beautiful […]