The last "Best of Ashland" was in January/February 2013, and since then we've had a presidential inauguration, a royal pregnancy (and birth), a new Pope, a leak within the National Security Agency (they should be bugged!), the Obamacare website imploding, Miley Cyrus twerking, and pure craziness in Syria and Iran. I almost feel as if I'm in a time warp.
Locally, we had the ACH-Asante merger (a good thing), the Plaza remodel (botched by the City if you listen to a lot of people), the City's crackdown on vacation rentals (more of the Mommy State, in my opinion), the Road Diet experiment (half love it, half hate it, but that's democracy), and the Normal Avenue Neighborhood Plan (the City wants to squeeze as many people as possible into that box).
This is the 24th running of the "Best of Ashland," and it continues to grow in popularity, as we received over 400 responses this year. Yes, there were 144 categories, but we only asked that people answer the ones they were most knowledgeable about.