Albany Hydro running again

The underside of the Vine Street powerhouse as seen from the Third Avenue bridge today.

Albany Hydro, the 500-kw generator powered by water from the Santiam Canal, is back in business. It started up Friday when the flow in the canal was sufficient once again. Continue reading

McDonald’s pays stiff street fee

The McDonald's remodeling project at 1820 Pacific S.W. on the afternoon of Dec. 13.

The West Albany McDonald's has been closed for a while for remodeling, depriving me and many others of a convenient stop for a meal. But something else is noteworthy about the project: the city's fees. Continue reading

Cure homelessness, but how?

Abandoned in the Waverly Memorial Park cemetery, here was a reminder that the situation of the homeless and unsheltered has not been solved.

Albany is about to stage another annual event to remember and mourn people who, without housing or proper shelter, did not survive the year. Remembering them is good, but doing something to cure homelessness would be better --- if only we knew what that something was. Continue reading

CARA backs pastry chef’s plan

Pastry chef Jolene Wilson at City Hall after getting approval of the CARA board of a loan to help launch her downtown business.

The old Tripp and Tripp Building at the corner of Second Avenue and Ellsworth Street may soon house a bakery, with help from CARA, the downtown urban renewal agency. Continue reading

Robot cars and blind corners

Landscaping is nice, except when it keeps you from seeing onrushing traffic.

Autonomous vehicles are the next big thing in transportation, they say. Oh really? I wonder how a self-driving car would handle a blind corner, like the one at this driveway on Ninth Avenue in Albany's Periwinkle Plaza. Continue reading

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