Fourth of July: Change in Sanitation schedule, holiday bus service, plus information about downtown fireworks

Fireworks explode over the City of Asheville in this photo by Bill Rhodes.   Sanitation schedule shifts, ART buses to run on holiday schedule   Asheville City government offices will be closed Wednesday, July 4, in observance of the Independence Day holiday.   Trash and recycling collection Asheville Sanitation will be closed July 4, as the local landfill and transfer stations will be closed. [...]

Asheville Police Department invites neighborhoods to participate in National Night Out

  National Night Out is an annual event that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. Neighborhood events are a great way to do some community-building between residents and the Asheville Police Department. This year’s National Night Out happens on Aug. 7. It’s considered America’s Night Out Against [...]

City of Asheville earns Amazon IT award

  Amazon Web Services recently recognized the City of Asheville as winner of its mid-sized cities Dream Big Award for its equity work, particularly related to using open data as a tool to help identify opportunities to contract with minority business owners.   The award was part of Amazon Web Services’ 2018 City on a Cloud Winners announced [...]

Asheville-Buncombe 2018 Point-In-Time homeless count results tabulated

  As part of the nationwide 2018 Point-in-Time (PIT) count, the Asheville-Buncombe Homeless Initiative conducted a one-night count of homeless individuals and families on Jan. 31, 2018. With the help of local service providers, emergency shelters, housing programs and street count volunteers, the community has collected additional data indicating the continued need for safe and affordable housing [...]

Asheville community garden blooms and there’s room for more participation

Amanda Levesque, left, and  Clare Hanrahan check on plants at the Elder & Sage  Community Garden,  33-35 Page Ave., downtown. Planking and raised beds make the garden accessible to those in wheelchairs.     These two friendly words just seem to go together: community garden.   After all, you get two things out of it — community with like-minded people or neighbors [...]

New security protocols announced for Buncombe County high school graduations; plus helpful traffic and parking information

  Many of the 2018 Buncombe County high schools will hold graduation this weekend at the U.S. Cellular Center.   Enka, Erwin, AC Reynolds, TC Roberson and North Buncombe graduating seniors will all walk across the stage to receive their diplomas at the U.S. Cellular Center.   The City of Asheville is proud to host this important civic event each [...]

Development Services releases updated fee schedule and improved fee calculation tools

    Following in-depth study and public comment, Asheville’s Development Services Department (DSD) has released its FY 2019 Fee Schedule, which goes into effect July 1, 2018. The new Fee Schedule is the result of nine months of analysis and customer input.   In fall 2017, DSD undertook a comprehensive study of current fees with the support of [...]

serviceberries tree photo with Asheville City Hall in the background
Free for the picking, find serviceberries in Asheville parks and along roadsides

Serviceberries are ripening in Asheville parks, including Pack Square Park in front of City Hall.   Here are recipes that use them too   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 [...]

Community discussion rescheduled: Protect French Broad River water and riverbanks in conjunction with RADTIP

NOTE: This event has been moved to June 13 because of flooding that occurred on the original date of May 30.     Interested in the River Arts District Transportation Improvement Project (RADTIP) and greenway? Come be part of a conversation about riverside ecology and natural habitat from 5 to 7 p.m. June 30 at the Wedge at [...]