Earlier this year, some local officials and politicians began endorsing a specific route for the Interstate 26 connector project: one that would slice through a predominantly African-American neighborhood in West Asheville that's already seen more than its share of pain and struggle.
The Burton Street neighborhood, joined by other local residents, stood up and said, "Wait a minute." Since then, construction plans have been redrawn, deadlines pushed back. The wheel is still in spin.
Mountain Xpress has aimed to put a human face on those affected Burton Street residents, aided by a group of passionate volunteer photographers: Anthony Bellemare, Scott Lessing Hubener, Hazen Hunter, Michael Mauney and Paul Jackson. Here’s an overview of their story.