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Well, that happened.

Photo by Dr. David Marlin In Tryon, the much-heralded World Equestrian Games depart — trailing mud, blame, and a lot of Buncombe taxpayer money.   “The tumult and the shouting dies; the captains and the kings depart” — Rudyard Kipling   MILL SPRING, NC — The World Equestrian Games rode off into the sunset last...

Nature, Culture, and Asheville-nomics
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Nature, Culture, and Asheville-nomics

Pictured Above:  Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer is all smiles as she accepts a $20,000 Buncombe Parks and Recreation check from County Commission Chairman Brownie Newman (l) and another in the same amount from Robbie Sweetzer & Linda Giltz of Connect Buncombe.  (City of Asheville photo) $40K in for a Greenway, $40K out for artwork.  It’s all...

Betting on the Horses
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Betting on the Horses

This photo, taken July 31, shows the exit area of the Tryon International Equestrian Center, which is being expanded to 1,000 spaces, in anticipation of the World Equestrian Games.  Most articles about the Games have featured a photo of a beautiful horse and a formally-dressed rider clearing a hurdle. Enquiring Minds thought its readers would rather see...

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...

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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,...