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Looking for a volunteer project? Help firefighters by repainting fire hydrants!

Most people only give fire hydrants a passing glance, but to firefighters, each hydrant has color-coded info to give them quick and critical information, minimizing response time in emergencies. That’s why each hydrant gets a new paint job about every two years, and that’s where the great work of community volunteers comes in. Throughout the […]

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Lake Craig/Azalea Road improvements celebrated at kick-off event

The crowd that gathered atop the new Azalea Road Bridge on April 18 to celebrate the completion of phase one of the Lake Craig/Azalea Road improvement project was made up of adults and kids alike. Many wore soccer jerseys and, following the kick off event, would continue on to the John B. Lewis Soccer complex […]

Neighbors and City collaborate to reduce speeding

Like many streets in Asheville, Macon Avenue has a speeding problem. The corridor through the Grove Park – Sunset Mountain Neighborhood sees some 7,000 vehicles from a combination of residential, cut-through and tourist traffic each day. Unfortunately, many of these drivers exceed the speed limit through the residential area, a dangerous practice magnified the presence […]

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The long and short of short term rentals in Asheville ***Updated with Video***

Updated April 1, 2015: Watch video of the March 25 Short Term Rental forum, including staff reports and public comments, here: Original story below: Short-term rentals are a hot topic in Asheville right now. The rise of online services allowing homeowners to advertise their residences as vacation rentals has become a conversation in communities across […]

Asheville neighbors represent at 2nd Festival of Neighborhoods

The things that make Asheville great, and the changes we would most like to see, are most often found right outside the front door. That’s why neighborhood organizations can make such an impact both in their own back yards and city-wide. Building a stronger neighborhood network is one motivation behind the 2nd Annual Festival of […]

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Vance monument restoration begins in April

Asheville’s most iconic landmark is about to get a monumental makeover. The Vance Monument, located at the crossroads of Biltmore and Patton Avenues in the heart of downtown, will undergo a top to bottom restoration beginning in April. Through a generous donation by the 26th North Carolina Regiment to the city of Asheville, the two […]

City of Asheville Celebrates Black History Month

Asheville, NC – Here is the schedule for City of Asheville Parks and Recreation Department events celebrating February as Black History Month! All events are free and the public is invited. For information on any of these events contact the centers listed below. Saturday, February 7– 5:00-8:00pm Linwood Crump Shiloh Complex Dinner and a Movie, viewing Freedom Writers. […]