Category: Our Town

Urban Values, Urban Needs

By David L. Swain When the initial issue of the Urban News & Observer came into my hands I almost leaped for joy. It is Read more »

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A Collection of Villages

photo by Cathryn Shaffer   Many great cities are described as a collection of villages, but at their heart they are made up of small Read more »

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Stumptown: A Different Time, A Different Place

By Clare Hubbard This historically black community has maintained its community spirit despite urban renewal. Nestled away in the growing community of Montford, the historically Read more »

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Urban Asheville

By Sam Powers Asheville is considered an urban place by the US Census Bureau, but it is much more than that statistical designation.

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Living On The Edge

by Clare Hubbard photo by Cathryn Shaffer According to the Employment Security Commission of North Carolina, the state\’s current unemployment rate has dropped to 4.3%, Read more »

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Affordable Housing

photo by Cathryn Shaffer  by Elsa Enstrom As more people relocate to Asheville, raising the demand and prices for homes, the lack of affordable housing Read more »

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Helping the Homeless in Asheville

On February 14, 2006 Asheville City Council approved $15,000 in startup funding for a “10-year plan to end homelessness.”by Cathy Holt Photo by Cathryn Shaffer Read more »

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The state of the community

Through interviews, statistics, and analysis, we have compiled several views of what we are calling The State of the Community — the “minority” communities of Read more »

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The YMI Cultural Center

Few cities of Asheville\’s size boast such a wealth of cultural resources. The city itself is recognized internationally as an arts destination, with residents of Read more »

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Asheville – A newcomer’s perspective

Lisa Watson was an Air Force brat (“actually, an Air Force Princess”), so she grew up “all over the place.” She was born in Washington, Read more »

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