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Archive for December, 2008

UNCA acquires 10 acres of land

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

UNC Asheville has acquired 10 acres of wooded property at one end of W.T. Weaver Blvd., at the entrance from Merrimon Avenue.

The tree-rich land has survived commercial development push over the last few decades as Merrimon Ave has become a busy and profitable main road. For over 100 years, it has been in the hands of two families, first the W.T. Weaver family and more recently the Verne Rhoades family.

UNC Asheville now owns the property, appraised at around $6 million. The purchase was split between a gift of $3 million from the Verne Rhoades family and a state-funded (along with trust funds owned by the University) purchase from UNCA of $3 million.

No plans have been set forth for immediate usage of the land, however, UNCA is mulling over plans for an eco-village for students and faculty. The corridor has been deemed a Treasured Tree Preserve by Buncombe County and Quality Forward, and the University plans to continue its tradition as a hold-out against commercial development.

For more information, and to read the full article, visit UNCA’s Public Information page.

Asheville on Google Street View

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008
Google Street View Asheville NC

Many of Asheville’s citizens and its visitors may have noticed in the past week that Google is now including our city in its Street View, part of Google Maps.

Google Street View provides interactive, 360-degree rotations of the city’s streets. Google has officially said that to keep in-line with privacy concerns, it has only included public roads in its results.

Earlier in 2008, Google dispatched vehicles mounted with cameras on top to photograph Asheville’s streets, and has now assimilated that information into their Google Maps service.

Citizens concerned with privacy may contact Google and ask them to remove any offending views, at the company’s discretion.

For an example of Asheville in all its Street View glory, visit downtown Asheville to start your journey through our streets.

Warren Haynes’ Christmas Jam steps it up

Monday, December 8th, 2008

Asheville residents looking to boogie at the yearly Christmas Jam will get an early present this year. Haynes has decided to "Jam" two nights instead of the traditional one. Warren Haynes’ annual Christmas Jam will be held at the Asheville Civic Center Friday, December 12 and Saturday the 13th.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Jam and the lineup shows it. Among the amazing performances are the Allman Brothers Band, Gov’t Mule, Ben Harper, and Coheed & Cambria to name just a few. Of course, Haynes himself will be playing (and he never disappoints!)

Proceeds from the Christmas Jam, as in past years, go to benefit the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity. The Jam is so beneficial, in fact, that it is reported to be the single largest contributor to their efforts to build homes for families in need.

Haynes says he does not expect the double-night Jam to extend into future years, but the option is not off of the table.

Tickets are available by calling or clicking Ticketmaster, or by visiting the Asheville Civic Center box office. They can be reached at (828) 251-5505.