The basic idea behind the business-improvement district proposed for downtown Asheville is a good one: people working together to solve shared problems that tend to hamper or impede the conduct of business and peaceful living. Graffiti, vandalism, snow, trash, debris, crimes and misdemeanors are real issues — but solutions to these and other problems can be effected individually or cooperatively.
Plans to create a Business Improvement District in downtown Asheville have drawn attention in past weeks, and tonight, its opponents have organized a community forum on the topic, starting at 5 p.m. at Pack Memorial Library. Follow Senior Reporter David Forbes via Twitter — @davidforbes or #avlbid.
The city of Asheville's proposed budget for the upcoming year has money for holiday bus service, studying an overhaul of the city's zoning, and a raise for city staff. But some other priorities didn't make the cut. With a public hearing on the budget coming up next Tuesday, May 22, a look at what is (and isn't) in this year's budget.
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