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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...

Developers Calling All the Shots In Asheville’s River Arts District
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Developers Calling All the Shots In Asheville’s River Arts District

No Affordable Housing or Living-Wage Jobs offered in Apartment, Hotel Projects Two ambitious development projects have been launched in Asheville’s much-hyped River Arts District, but apparently neither will help the city’s affordable housing crisis or its lack of living-wage jobs. And critics are saying that’s because the city, which could have insisted that the developers’...

Walk right in. Sit right down. Mayor, let your term roll on.
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Walk right in. Sit right down. Mayor, let your term roll on.

“Manheimer Steamroller” is working just fine. It’s been a noisy election season in Asheville this year, what with a dozen people running to fill three seats on city council and promising to do everything from tearing down the Vance monument to pushing for driverless buses to maybe doing something to create affordable housing and help...

Four of 12 Council Candidates Say They Identify as Socialists
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Four of 12 Council Candidates Say They Identify as Socialists

Williams emerges with DSA endorsement “… I have consistenly acted as a socialist in my personal life and as an elected official” Councilman, Cecil Bothwell Election quote from candidate and current City Council member, Cecil Bothwell. Consider this the parting shot as Mr. Bothwell loses the Democratic Socialists of America endorsement and attempts to discredit...

Boondoggle 2.0
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Boondoggle 2.0

Transit Contract Causes 2nd Overrun in a Month; City Dips into Rainy-Day Fund “Time flies when you’re having funds.” – Cecil Bothwell to Asheville Unreported, June 27, 2017 At its July 25 meeting, Asheville City Council voted unanimously to dip into the city’s “rainy day” fund to cover a $441,000 overage to the $850,000 transit...

Beaucatcher Blues
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Beaucatcher Blues

The ongoing war for the soul of Asheville’s pet mountain James Washington Patton had a flirty sister-in-law from Charleston named Charlotte Kerry, who encouraged gentleman callers to take her for strolls up the ridge to the east of downtown Asheville.  Patton teasingly began calling the mountain “Charlotte’s beau catcher.”  The name stuck. Beaucatcher Mountain from...

City rejected lowest bid on new study Because ‘It wasn’t high enough,’ consultant says
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City rejected lowest bid on new study Because ‘It wasn’t high enough,’ consultant says

Winning company’s $320,000 quote is more than double lowest number  The head of the consulting firm that offered the lowest bid on the City of Asheville’s recently-commissioned racial disparity study says he was told his company lost the contract “in part because we weren’t charging enough.” It’s a curious disqualification considering that state law requires...