Ursula Wren

Total 34 Posts

Are City Council 'Check-Ins' Legal? Some Experts Say "No"

The Council’s use of official committees complicates their justification for private ‘check-in’ sessions.

Analysis: APD Blames Nearly All Downtown Crime on Camps to Justify Sweeps

APD's data analysis reveals a lack of rigor befitting of a propaganda campaign, not serious data science.

Homelessness Consultants, “Part-Time” Public Records, & More This Week.

Welcome to “& More This Week,” The Asheville Free Press’ weekly(ish) newsletter, where I round up a few headlines that stood out to me over the week and share them with some opinion and context. If you’re not already, sign up to get these and all of our articles straight to your inbox.

Asheville Police Release New Policy on Encounters With Unhoused Residents

On February 15, 2022, Asheville Police Department (APD) finalized and released its new policy on encounters with the unhoused community. The document was released to us via email by APD spokesperson Samantha Booth.

Celebrating Black Appalachia, Local Headlines, & More This Week

Welcome to "& More This Week," The Asheville Free Press' weekly newsletter where I round up a few headlines that stood out to me over the week and share them with context. If you're not already, sign up to get these and all of our articles straight to your inbox.

Leaking Gaslights, Trees in Cop City, & More This Week.

Welcome to the second edition of “& more this week,” The Asheville Free Press’ bi-annual weekly newsletter! I’m joking... but it is true that I’ve only published one of these newsletters so far, and it was the very first week this project existed back in August of 2021.

City Council is Considering Restrictions Against Sharing Food With Unhoused Neighbors

Sources say Council is considering a new city ordinance restricting residents' ability to share food with unhoused Asheville residents in public parks.
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