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    Asheville’s Own Hanging Gardens

    Up for Asheville City Council’s Tuesday meeting is consideration of acceptance of money to beautify Asheville. Since this is going to be a vibrator of new synergies and a definer of our (pronounced ower for full impact) sense of place, it is surely to get a nod from at…
    Leslee Kulba, November 17, 2007
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    Is the Coast Clear Yet?

    Bill Russell won a second time. After provisional ballots were counted, Russell had 5579 votes to Bryan Freeborn’s 5505. Freeborn, appointed to serve his first term on council when Terry Bellamy gave up her seat to become mayor, called for a recount. After the recount, Russell had 5578 votes…
    Leslee Kulba, November 17, 2007
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    Sweet Smell of Liberty

    It was a good night for a change. The City of Asheville invited stakeholders to comment on the vision for the Merrimon Corridor study. Earlier this year, Asheville held visioning sessions for Merrimon Avenue, but, for some reason, a great many property owners to be affected didn’t hear about…
    Leslee Kulba, November 15, 2007
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    The Recount of Monte Carlo

    It’s official. Bryan Freeborn, who came in fourth place in the Asheville City Council election, has asked for a vote recount. He wants to use his 74 vote shortfall to test the accuracy of the vote tallying. Freeborn is the Progressive who, just days before the election, defended his…
    Leslee Kulba, November 15, 2007
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    Everybody Must Get Stoned

    Students for a Sensible Drug Policy is a new group on the UNC-Asheville campus. The group has absolutely nothing to do with using drugs. They only want the country’s drug policy reformed. SSDP is a “national grassroots” organization. Its objective is to fight against federal policies that “harm many…
    Leslee Kulba, November 15, 2007
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    Volvo Update

    You asked for an update, and here it is. Tonight Asheville City Council voted to award Volvo Construction Equipment North America $599,200 payable in equal installments over a seven year period. The award was an economic development incentive grant to be paid from the general fund. It would help the…
    Leslee Kulba, November 13, 2007
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    Your Excellency, Prithee Please a Draught from Poseidon?

    One excuse to grow government is crisis. In 2004, Western North Carolina was hit by the aftermath of Hurricanes Frances and Ivan. Flooding and high winds devastated the countryside. Now, it looks like government supposes it can win votes by showing it cares about preventing the next flood, which…
    Leslee Kulba, November 12, 2007
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    Drivin’ with Your Eyes Closed – Part II

    I took the night off. A public meeting was scheduled to discuss what the people wanted to do with federal CDBG and HOME funding. I attended two of these seminars in former years. People come in and say they want home mortgages, they want three bedrooms, they want big…
    Leslee Kulba, November 12, 2007