Asheville Blade Rundown #6 - Marches and departures
I want to start this week's rundown off with a note of thanks. For the second month, your support and funding have allowed us to keep the lights on, pay bills and pay our contributors. Thank you all. The Asheville Blade has an amazing crew of readers. And with 10 more, there will be 100 of you. So please tell your friends about what we do, why you support us and why it will be awesome to have them on board too. In an era of journalism vulnerable to corporate shakeups and zig-zagging ad revenue, the Blade is trying to show that media backed directly by the people it serves can not just survive but thrive. Fact is, there's some days when this calling consists not of investigative adventures but of grumbling at wordpress, squinting at revisions for the umpteenth time and fighting a backache. It is still absolutely worth it, but in those times — and I've had a few lately — it's your support that helps keep this going. Thank you again. Onto our stories - Rallying point - On Aug. 4, the Moral Monday protests returned to Asheville, the site of a massive turnout last year, one that made national news. Then, Moral Monday provided a rallying point in a city that had no lack of anger at the general assembly, a city that's political but often very fragmented. On its return, it tried to keep the momentum going in an election year and sustain a nascent local organization. This is our report on that return and an analysis of how Moral Monday emerged, its relation to Asheville's own political climate and the complicated course any political movement faces in this state and time. Read it here: Different roads: the future of Asheville's public housing - The major overhaul coming to Asheville's public housing, and the controversy surrounding it, are finally attracting major attention around the city. Late last month, Asheville's housing authority gave its final approval to this overhaul amid confusion and questions. Here, the Blade offers an updated primer on what's going on and why it matters. Read it here: Why I left Asheville - Matthew Mulder, a writer and professional graphic designer, lived in this city for twelve years. Here he tells the story of his family's struggles to make ends meet in Asheville and why — this year — they finally felt they had to leave. Read it here: This is the second in what's becoming a series on why people are leaving Asheville. Our first piece, a few weeks ago, was from Noor Al-Sibai, a student and writer who'd planned to make her home here. Read that column here: I love Asheville, and we're running these personal stories because it's long past time to listen to why people from many different walks of life feel they can't make it here anymore. --- Our photo this week is from local photographer David Oppenheimer, of the crowd at this week's Moral Monday, shot from behind state NAACP head Rev. William Barber while he was giving his speech. There's more coming, of course, because there's always more stories of our fascinating, vexing, amazing city and its struggles to find its future. Keep reading and we'll keep writing. Best, David Forbes Editor