Greenway prep to begin for River Arts District Transportation Improvement Project

  Sometimes you have to rearrange a landscape to achieve a new vision. Old plants come out, new ones come in, but things can look a bit messy in the meantime. Think of that analogy on a larger scale when it comes to Asheville’s River Arts District Transportation Improvement Project (RADTIP). In preparation for the construction of two miles [...]

Asheville storm runoff mapped to Mississippi River

Have you ever wondered where the water in the French Broad River goes? Or where it comes from, for that matter?   A new tool created by the City of Asheville Stormwater Services GIS team titled “Wandering Your Watershed” maps out the waterflow — from its many local tributaries, to the Tennessee River, then through [...]

City’s IT department unveils aerial maps documenting Asheville’s development

This 1951 aerial map shows an Asheville before interstates were built. The Asheville Through Time webpage tracks their development as well as other aspects of the city, such as deforestation.       An online tool recently developed by the City of Asheville shows how the city has grown and changed in the past 66 years.   The City of Asheville unveiled a [...]

City of Asheville working toward a proactive plan in the face of climate change

Scene from Biltmore Village during the Flood of 2004. Asheville flooded when Hurricanes Ivan and Frances converged back-to-back on Western North Carolina that September, causing deaths and property damage.     Climate change is not just a buzzword or an agreement signed by nearly 200 nations recently gathered in Paris. It affects us here in Asheville. Climate change [...]

Resource reminder: City of Asheville develops Restaurant Startup Guide

Opening a restaurant is no game. It’s a complicated enterprise that includes building permits and health inspections, for one. In fact, it takes multiple steps from concept to completion before a chef/owner can welcome his or her first diners. To help Asheville restaurateurs navigate the ins and outs of needed permits and inspections, the City of [...]

serviceberries tree photo with Asheville City Hall in the background
Serviceberries in Asheville parks are edible, free of any pesticides

Ripe serviceberries are available for picking in Asheville parks, including Pack Square Park in front of City Hall.   Edible serviceberries are ripening throughout many of Asheville’s parks, such as Park Square Park and Carrier Park. This native edible species is well adapted to our climate and feeds humans and birds alike. Serviceberries are early fruiting trees, fruiting [...]

City of Asheville launches new small biz development tool

The City of Asheville is proud to announce the launch of Open Counter: Asheville, a web-based tool, designed to help small business owners understand the specific license, permits and requirements for starting their business in Asheville.   Informed by the City’s zoning and land use permits as well as building and public works processes, the goal [...]

City of Asheville partners with Waze travel app to add official traffic information

The City of Asheville today announced a data-sharing partnership with Waze (www.waze.com), a free, real-time traffic and navigation app crowd-sourced by drivers.   On its free mobile phone app, Waze users help each other outsmart traffic, informing each other in real-time if there’s a wreck ahead, an upcoming construction zone or whether a road is [...]

Asheville’s Office of Sustainability turns lens on climate resiliency

    Topic to be incorporated into City’s Comprehensive Plan update   Flooding. Landslides. Drought. Wildfire. Each season brings more worldwide reminders that weather and temperature can quickly cause significant destruction to a community. That’s why we are getting ready now. The City of Asheville’s Office of Sustainability is working with UNC Asheville’s National Environmental Modeling and Analysis [...]

Help make Asheville a bear smart community

Do not feed the bears. The well-known sign is posted in Yellowstone National Park. But it also applies right here in Western North Carolina. Yet you may not even realize you are doing it. Bird feeders and unattended outdoor trashcans are the biggest culprit. People who intentionally leave out corn or birdseed for bears do the [...]

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