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How Locals Survive the Local Economy

In this issue of Insider Asheville, I shine some light on what the locals do to survive week to week when the minimum wage job isn’t enough to put food on the family table. You might think it involves government assistance or shoplifting, but you’d be wrong. Ashevillians are a proud bunch. We don’t just talk sustainability, we live it too.

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Socialism in Asheville

In this era of “personal responsibility,” we’re all constantly vigilant for the coming socialist incursion, the conquering forces of the U.N., and the unbridled greed of schoolteachers. Well, one of those threats has slipped through the cracks, and it’s up to us to bring it to light.

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I’m not selfish – I don’t want children

There is a huge push in our society to raise children, especially here in the South. Most women are born and bred to go to school, get married, and have children - in that order. Sometimes I feel like we have been raised in such a society that you may not realize that you have been predestined for a certain track in life, and you don't question that trail - you just take it. Being a mom is often proclaimed to be the most important job in the world - and I'm not here to dispute that fact. Without my own parents, my mom especially, I would not be here today. However, just because my parents made the decision to procreate and bring another child into this world, does not mean that I have any obligation to do so myself. 

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Keep the Blue Ridge Parkway Open!

Where would Asheville be without the Blue Ridge Parkway? Of course, the answer is that it would be exactly where it is now. You can’t magically move an entire city, vortex or no vortex. But that’s not the point, is it?

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A First Timer’s Reaction To Geek Out

This year was my first year attending the local popular arts festival known as Geek Out. As someone who has always been deemed something of a nerd, I was delighted to be surrounded by my fellow geeks, although I have to say that a lot of people are way more dedicated to their craft than I am - and I salute you! Geek Out was a blast and I really enjoyed getting the two day pass to attend both days of the event. It was held at UNCA at the Sherrill Center, and featured panels, vendors, demonstrations, parades, contests, and even a wedding.

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Traffic in Asheville

When I first moved to Asheville from Southern California, I could not believe how easy it was to get from one side of town to the other. After the standstill traffic of LA, Asheville seemed like downhill skiing: you’re almost always on the move. It often takes less time to drive from West Asheville to the Asheville Mall than it did to go fifty yards on Pacific Coast Highway on a summer day.

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15 Reasons To Not Have Children

I know I know, children are the greatest thing since sliced bread. Well, now that I think about it, since kids were around before sliced bread, would that make them the best things... ever? I digress.

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Where Locals Drink Beer

The answer, of course, is: anywhere. Anywhere there’s beer. In the kitchen, the living room, even in the bathroom. Ashevilleans love their beer, and with good reason: it’s fresh and tasty and makes a persuasive case for moving here.

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The Best Reason to Go to Cherokee NC Or: My Money’s on the Other Guy

Cherokee, NC, is a small town nestled in a beautiful valley and surrounded by mountains. It’s an easy, scenic drive from Asheville, especially via the Blue Ridge Parkway. It sits at the eastern entrance to the Smoky Mountain National Park. It’s home to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. So why did no one want to visit until recently?

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What to Do in Asheville in Winter

Whenever there’s snow on the ground, Asheville seems to go into hibernation. No one dares drive on thevsalt-caked roads, the stores and restaurants empty, and the schools, government, and banks all close up for the day. Only the post office remains open. If you do catch sight of a solitary figure trudging down the street in his parka, the only thought that comes to mind is: “Poor soul.”

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