Guastavino sign dedication
Urban Trail marker installed to recognize Rafael Guastavino and the Basilica of St. Lawrence 

    A new Urban Trail marker has just been installed in downtown Asheville to interpret architect Rafael Guastavino’s legacy and built works, including the Basilica of St. Lawrence with its signature free-standing dome. The marker — aka Guastavino’s Monument — will temporarily serve as station #12 on the Asheville Urban Trail, a [...]

City to embark on Urban Centers project and is asking for community input

The City of Asheville is seeking public input on the potential future zoning of properties at/near  Kmart (Patton Avenue), Innsbruck Mall (Tunnel Road), Steinmart (Merrimon Avenue) and Walmart (Bleachery Boulevard). The Urban Centers initiative will examine how the properties may be used in the future and what they could look like if redeveloped. The initiative [...]

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Duke Energy awards Asheville / Buncombe County with Power Partner recognition

  For its 25th consecutive year, Duke Energy has selected six outstanding organizations to receive the company’s prestigious Power Partner award. Duke Energy established the Power Partner award in 1992 to honor businesses and other organizations that achieve exemplary results in categories that include solutions innovation, community excellence, economic development, sustainability innovation and storm restoration.   The City of [...]

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 [...]

The ART launches Sunday bus service

It’s here! ART buses now operate seven days a week. See below for the full announcement: ASHEVILLE – In a move to increase accessibility to public transportation and support the City of Asheville’s multimodal transportation goals, the ART, Asheville’s transit service, launched Sunday bus service on January 4, 2015. The expansion is the largest since the City [...]

Water Resources employee receives state and national awards

A professional association dedicated to quality water services has recognized a City of Asheville Water Distribution Operator with back to back awards for outstanding efforts and contributions to water services. Timothy Burdine, an 11-year employee of the city’s Water Resources Department, received awards from the North Carolina American Water Works Association and the North Carolina Water [...]

Public/private partnership restores high-speed communication to Asheville’s emergency responders

Fire engines and police cruisers alike lit up on September 17 at the Murphy-Oakley Community Center and Fire Station Building, but they were not responding to an emergency. The blue and red lights were flashing in celebration of a high-speed communication connection that means better and faster service responses by Asheville’s emergency responders. The [...]