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APD hosts ‘Night to Unite’ for community

ASHEVILLE – Despite a cold fall night, the Asheville Police Department held its Night to Unite event at Martin Luther King Jr. Park on Oct. 1. Night to Unite brings residents and police officers together to discuss concerns and issues that may be happening in neighborhoods. Officers gathered at the park and set up tables […]

The Asheville Fire Department trains for forcible entry in emergencies

Utilizing prop obstacles and cutting equipment, the Asheville Fire Department trained at a warehouse in Swannanoa June 20-22 on techniques to enter structures that are locked or guarded by bars or garage doors. AFD Division Chief of Safety & Training Barry Hendren says: “One of a Ladder Company’s primary functions when they respond to a […]

Local middle school students tour City of Asheville Water Treatment Plant

City of Asheville staff conducted tours of the North Fork Water Treatment Plant in Black Mountain for the Owen Middle School 7th grade class field trip on June 8.  Around 130 students toured the plant through an education and outreach program conducted in partnership with RiverLink, a regional nonprofit spearheading the economic and environmental revitalization […]

City Development Services Center to shift to four-day week

The City of Asheville’s Development Services Center at 161 South Charlotte Street will switch to a four-day work week beginning July 5, 2011, a move that is expected to reduce the department’s energy use and save on overall operating costs. Employees will see savings too, says Development Services Director Robert Griffin. “For them, it means […]

City Hall snack shop offers healthier choices, green options

If you haven’t been to the Asheville City Hall Snack Shop in awhile, you may be surprised by some of the changes there. The shop recently celebrated a grand-reopening, introducing the shop’s incoming owners and unveiling new healthy lunch choices, including a salad bar, and sporting a new look. Right off the bat, diners will […]

Historic Resources Commission to launch E-newsletter

Asheville’s historic structures and landmarks play a big part in its draw and appeal to both residents and visitors. With some 46 local historic landmarks and four local historic districts, as well as those listed on the national registry, the city enjoys architecture from multiple significant historical periods. The preservation of those homes and buildings […]

Asia trip spotlights sustainable transit practices

Thanks to an invite by the Transportation Research Board and funding from the Federal Transit Administration, the City of Asheville was one of a handful of cities represented in a recent trip to India and China to study principles of sustainable public transportation and environmentally friendly mobility in those countries. Transportation Planning Manager Mariate Echeverry […]

Ride the bus for free during Strive Not to Drive

The City of Asheville will waive bus fares on all Asheville Transit routes May 16 – 20 in support of Strive Not to Drive week. The free fare week is geared toward encouraging Asheville residents to seek out alternative forms of transportation and introducing new riders to the city’s transit system. “We want to make […]

Planning Liaisons Connect with the Community

Asheville residents are known to pay close attention to planning and development issues in their area, and no one has a better handle on the makeup of neighborhoods than the people who live in them. That’s why the City of Asheville’s Planning and Development Department has a group of planners who regularly interact with residents, […]