Q&A with City Manager Gary Jackson

Asheville City Manager Gary Jackson will begin his 10th year in the position starting in June. The Citizen-Times Editorial Board sat down with Jackson on May 4 to discuss his tenure with the city and his vision for the community going forward. Here is an excerpt of the conversation: Question: Have you hit the mark on [...]

Column: Lack of affordable housing a crisis for Asheville

In a guest column in the Asheville Citizen-Times, Asheville City Councilman Gordon Smith writes about how the City is working to address affordable housing: The lack of affordable housing in Asheville is truly a community crisis. While Asheville City Council is taking unprecedented steps to address it, we need more community partners to help provide affordable [...]

Update: City to Livestream police chief finalists presentations

Update: Watch live tonight At 6 p.m. tonight (May 18), police chief finalists will make presentations on a pre-determined subject. Community members will have the opportunity to offer feedback on candidates through comment cards. The event happens at the Wilma Sherrill Center on the UNC-Asheville campus. The City will Livestream the presentation here. Video of the event [...]

Drink up: It’s Water Week

Head to Splashville Monday, May 4, to learn about what it takes to get finished high-quality water from the source to the taps in our homes and businesses. From 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 4, City of Asheville Water Resources workers will man educational and informational tents in the Pack Place Park lawn, near Splashville. There [...]

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Looking for a volunteer project? Help firefighters by repainting fire hydrants!

Most people only give fire hydrants a passing glance, but to firefighters, each hydrant has color-coded info to give them quick and critical information, minimizing response time in emergencies. That’s why each hydrant gets a new paint job about every two years, and that’s where the great work of community volunteers comes in. Throughout the year, [...]

crowd walks across new azalea road bridge
Lake Craig/Azalea Road improvements celebrated at kick-off event

The crowd that gathered atop the new Azalea Road Bridge on April 18 to celebrate the completion of phase one of the Lake Craig/Azalea Road improvement project was made up of adults and kids alike. Many wore soccer jerseys and, following the kick off event, would continue on to the John B. Lewis Soccer [...]

Sized right: Accessory apartments offer affordable options

There’s a nationwide conversation brewing around something called accessory apartments. In the past few years, communities have examined these use by right additions to single-family residences, and are praising them for their contribution to affordable housing. Right here in Asheville, that conversation took place as early as 1948. “Garage” apartments are featured in the City’s first zoning [...]

Neighbors and City collaborate to reduce speeding

Like many streets in Asheville, Macon Avenue has a speeding problem. The corridor through the Grove Park – Sunset Mountain Neighborhood sees some 7,000 vehicles from a combination of residential, cut-through and tourist traffic each day. Unfortunately, many of these drivers exceed the speed limit through the residential area, a dangerous practice magnified the presence [...]