Utterly Untransparent

City Council Meeting, March 8th: The Avery Project In a stunning reversal, and using a procedure no one can remember ever implementing before, City Council reconsidered its 5-2 vote—take just 2 weeks previously—against “The Avery” project, a large, high-end residential development at the corner of Clingman and Hilliard. (Ordinarily, a downvoted project like this would…

Respecting Human Dignity

This was not the comment I went to this March 22 City Council meeting intending to make. But I felt compelled to address the perils of seeking “cleanliness” at the cost of regarding some human beings as trash. Asheville has a huge challenge facing us in mitigating the suffering of our unhoused neighbors and addressing…

The Spark That Lit The Fuse

On May 14, 2109, City Council met to decide the fate of Asheville’s iconic Flatiron Building. Its owner wanted to sell it (for $12 Million) to out-of-town developers. The sale would not go through unless the property was granted a conditional zoning that would permit the developers to gut the historic building and turn it…