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Summer Political Drama Continues at City Hall
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Summer Political Drama Continues at City Hall

Nick Bottom, unaware he has been changed into an ass, startles his fellow actors in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (act 3, scene 1) in a performance at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.  (From a contemporary woodcut.) Council Passes Budget, Adopts Police Measures Last week the Asheville City Council passed the city’s 2018-2019 operating budget, as well as a package...

Sucker-punched Asheville City Council Braces for Round Two
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Sucker-punched Asheville City Council Braces for Round Two

Oliver Cromwell and his Roundheads invade and shut down the Long Parliament, 1653 Parliamentary paralysis, “Public Filibuster” Drive Young’s police proposals through; Kapoor calls foul, seeks June 19 do-over Asheville City Council already had more than enough routine business scheduled for its upcoming  (June 19) meeting, but now it will also be dealing with the...

The Great Charlotte Street Traffic Diet of 2018
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The Great Charlotte Street Traffic Diet of 2018

The corner of Charlotte and Chestnut Streets, looking north.  This is where the road diet will begin. (Photo by Roger McCredie) Is the city’s plan a victory for bicyclists’ “tactical urbanism” ? “The reason they are removing the [Charlotte Street] lane for a bike lane is because a small group of elitist wealthy bicycle riders have...

We’ll Be Watching You
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We’ll Be Watching You

Plaintiffs exact promises from city in exchange for settling anti-bond lawsuit The plaintiffs in a lawsuit over the legality of $74 million worth of general obligation bonds have settled their dispute with the City of Asheville out of court. The case had been under appeal since last October but had not yet been calendared for...

Signs of the Times in Asheville
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Signs of the Times in Asheville

The aftermath of a racially-charged beating shines a light on multiple other problems in one of America’s “Best Small Cities” “As public servants, we must hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards. Any breach of those standards is simply unacceptable.” – Gary Jackson On the gray and chilly morning of Tuesday, March 20, homemade signs...

Home Is Where the Votes Are
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Home Is Where the Votes Are

Asheville city councilman with residence issues plans to run Against 12th District incumbent…with residence issues. Ordinarily, Asheville City Councilman Keith Young’s announcement that he intends to run for Congress would have done no more than raise a few eyebrows over his confidence and ambition; the city council gig is, after all, his first elected office.  Instead,...

Stonewalling at the Stoneyard?
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Stonewalling at the Stoneyard?

Developer’s token donation to housing trust fund is waiting on permits  Two months after City Council approved plans for the River Arts District’s biggest development to date, the project’s developers have not yet made the affordable housing cash contribution that was part of the deal, though the city says the check is in the mail,...

Room at the Trough
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Room at the Trough

A Peek at City of Asheville Cronyism, Nepotism, and other Isms. Wherever there is government there are “isms” that tag along behind it like camp followers trailing an army.  These isms describe the various ways in which the crumbs and plums of financial, political, or personal gain that bureaucracy always generates are handed out as...

Asheville, Durham BABIES-R-US Set to Close
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Asheville, Durham BABIES-R-US Set to Close

Photo Credit: Google Maps UPDATE: Durham will lose both their TOYS-R-US and BABIES-R-US stores adding to the closures here in North Carolina. Asheville will soon be without their baby supply megastore BABIES-R-US. As part of its financial restructuring, the parent company TOYS-R-US recently announced they are closing 180 stories nationwide. We have now confirmed that...

Trio of New Development Projects Pushes Asheville’s Boom into New Year
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Trio of New Development Projects Pushes Asheville’s Boom into New Year

Outside firms eye historic neighborhood, Sears property, smaller shopping center. A rezoning approval in a landmark neighborhood, a radical repurposing of a longtime big box store, and the purchase of an aging shopping center will provide additional thrust to carry Asheville’s headlong development boom well into 2018 and beyond. The three projects have all come...