Category Archives: West Asheville News

Rhetorical Factory Flagship Store Grand Opening

Rhetorical Factory will be celebrating the opening of their first ever Flagship store with neighbors, friends and supporters!!

Rhetorical Factory
444 Haywood Road #102
Grand Opening: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 • 4:00-9:00 pm

A ribbon cutting with the Chamber of Commerce will be held at 4:15.
Mountain music by the Bog Turtles will take us through sunset!

Join us! Sign up for an invitation:

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Revised Draft of Form-Based Code for Haywood Road

A Revised Draft of the Haywood Road Form-Based Code is available online at

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Graffiti Ordinance Presented to City Council, April 22, 2014

Asheville City Council Agenda for April 22, 2014 includes:


A.         Ordinance amending Chapter 10 (Nuisances) of the Code of Ordinances by adding an article on the regulation of graffiti.  Documents

Staff recommendations have been modified to reflect input from the community and property owners. Three key steps to combatting graffiti in our community have been outlined in the staff report recommendation to Council.

Excerpt from the Staff Report is below, but we encourage you to read the full report at this link.

The City’s “Graffiti Removal Initiative” consists of three steps. The first step is to immediately impose significant escalating civil penalties on the perpetrator. This scale is detailed in the attached draft ordinance.

(The Draft Ordinance is immediately after the staff report and includes definitions, prohibitions, removal requirements, enforcement including civil penalties against perpetrator, and property owner appeals.)

The second step is a 90 day concentrated initiative to aggressively remove graffiti from public property. A 90 day graffiti removal initiative to allow the property owners to get significant assistance from the City is proposed from July 1, 2014 to September 30, 2014. During this time, the property owner can request assistance from the City. The property owner would be required to sign a waiver and agree to pay 10% of the cost of removal. The City would pay up to $500 per building per incident. The City would consider budgeting $300,000 toward this 90 day graffiti removal initiative.

The third step in the graffiti removal initiative is to require property owners to remove graffiti on their property with a reduced level of assistance from the City. This step would begin on October 1, 2014, when the ordinance is fully in effect, the City would still provide assistance to the property owners in the graffiti removal process but the owner will be responsible to reimburse 100% of the cost of removal. This ordinance does not fine the property owner for failure to remove graffiti.

The City’s new Graffiti Ordinance encourages property owners to immediately remove graffiti. The ordinance will not become effective as to the property owner until October 1, 2014, while the City implements a graffiti removal assistance program, to partner with and assist private property owners in removing graffiti from their properties. Upon a property owner’s failure to remove graffiti and/or partner with the City to remove the graffiti, the City will, upon compliance with process, remove the graffiti and assess a lien against the property. Additionally, the perpetrators will continue to be subjected to criminal prosecution, while the new ordinance will also require the assessment of a civil penalty against the perpetrator, based upon an escalating formula.

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Our Parks Day at Carrier Park: April 26, 2014

Carrier Park is a hive of activity on the beautiful French Broad River with endless options for any level of outdoor play. Let’s show our appreciation for this important community resource by giving a few hours back. Please join Asheville Parks & Greenway Foundation for Our Parks Day 2014.

Projects: Sanding and sealing boardwalks, playground equipment, and benches; and trash pickup

All participants are asked to pre-register -

Check-in is at 12:30pm at the Carrier Park Pavilion.

Thank you – Volunteers make a difference in our parks!!!

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8th West Asheville Urban Plant Walk

Saturday, May 3rd from 10:30 to 12:00
Co-Hosted by Nancy Hyton and Wendy Lippman

Come learn about the edible and medicinal plants growing in downtown West Asheville, from common garden ornamentals, to the weeds in your lawn, to the non-native invasive species gone wild!  In the years that I have been doing these plant walks we have catalogued over 90 medicinal and edible plants that are growing in the blocks immediately surrounding the Center and the list continues to grow.  Click here to see a list of the plants that we have catalogued so far.

This May 3rd with be the Eighth West Asheville Urban Plant Walk, an event that I host every spring and fall. My co-host this time will be Wendy Lippman, a Certified Herbalist and founder of Wendy’s Wonder Botanicals.  If you missed her last fall you don’t want to pass this up - I learned so much from her I just had to invite her back!

The cost for the walk is $8 for adults (kids are free!) and includes a free handout of local plants. I recommend reserving your spot ahead of time since the walk always sells out.  Sign up in advance at the Center or just come by on the day of the event. You can also call 505-3174 or email  The walk starts at the Center and we basically just walk around the block, if we can even get that far!

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