City of Asheville reminds businesses about safety requirements to operate outdoors 

More businesses and organizations are operating outdoors this year, due to COVID-19. The City of Asheville reminds those with outdoor areas to do their part to operate safely. Beyond wearing a mask and other public health measures, businesses that choose to operate outdoors must follow all building and fire-safety codes while using equipment like heaters [...]

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Historic all-woman City Council to lead Asheville’s government

  One hundred years after women earned the right to vote in America, Asheville will seat its first all-woman City Council Dec. 8. It’s an all-first in the state of North Carolina and it’s a rarity nationwide.   Led by Mayor Esther Manheimer, new Council members Sandra Kilgore, Kim Roney and Sage Turner will take their seats in (a virtual) Council Chamber [...]

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Asheville Police Department announces rollout of new anonymous crime tip tool

  The Asheville Police Department (APD) is putting a new crime-fighting tool into the hands of community members. This new tool, TIP2APD, allows the public to share anonymous tips with police officers and lets officers respond back to create an anonymous two-way conversation. (See video tutorial below.)   The AshevillePD app is available for free download for both [...]

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City of Asheville shares resources for people experiencing homelessness during Code Purple

  With temperatures going down into the 20s this week, the Asheville-Buncombe Homeless Coalition has called a Code Purple for people who need shelter. Starting Dec. 1, shelter will be available at First Congregational UCC, 20 Oak St., for about 30 men and up to 20 women and children. This is in partnership with Western Carolina Rescue [...]

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Second round of racial healing grant funding now available through City of Asheville’s Office of Equity and Inclusion 

  The Office of Equity and Inclusion application for racial healing grants for local nonprofits are now available. This is the second year of funding, and like last year, the grant amount up to $4,999 aims to support existing projects  in Asheville that promote racial healing, reconciliation, and/or transformation in Asheville communities.    The [...]

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Buncombe County, City of Asheville issue local action to reduce COVID-19 transmission

    After seeing some stability only a couple of weeks ago, Buncombe County has identified 5,375 total cases of COVID-19. We are consistently adding 60 new cases a day on average. We now have experienced 125 COVID-19 related deaths – each one of these a neighbor of ours, a person who lived here with us.   Our key [...]

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Asheville Police Department encourages residents to use online reporting tool

    The Asheville Police Department is encouraging individuals who want to report certain types of non-emergencies to use the Police to Citizen tool (P2C) available online by visiting  https://ashevillepd.policetocitizen.com.   It is crucial to remember that this tool is not a replacement for calling 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency.   The online reporting module allows [...]

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Following governor’s order, ART bus riders to be required to wear masks, max capacity reduced to 10

  In accordance with Governor Cooper’s latest Executive Order 180, City of Asheville Transit will begin enforcing face covering requirements for riders and will reduce the maximum passenger capacity per bus to 9 people plus the driver beginning at 5 p.m.  Nov. 25.   On Nov. 23, Governor Cooper issued PostAsheville Redefines TransitFeaturedNewsTransit

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Haywood Streetscape Project complete in time for the holidays

  The City of Asheville is happy to announce the completion of the Haywood Streetscape and Infrastructure Improvement project, which features expanded public sidewalk space and improved pedestrian access and amenities. The project, which took 10 months of construction, included sewer and water line upgrades in the Haywood Street vicinity (including College Street, Walnut Street and Rankin [...]

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Joint task force votes to remove Vance Monument

On Nov. 19, the Vance Monument Task Force voted to remove the downtown Asheville obelisk. “Black and African-American residents as well as other residents of the City of Asheville and Buncombe County have issued a clear call to remove the Vance Monument due to the harm it continues to impose on our community,” said co-chairs Oralene [...]

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City offices to close for Thanksgiving holiday; Asheville Sanitation collection, ART bus service alter schedules

    City of Asheville offices will be closed Nov. 26-27 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The following City services will be affected as well.   ART bus service ART service will not run on Thanksgiving Day. For more information, including routes and schedules, please visit the ART Transit station at 49 Coxe Ave., download the