On Lyon, less space for cyclists

Reconstruction in front of Station 11 and a popular hamburger stand leaves little room between sidewalk and traffic.

I wonder if this is what the designers had in mind: Putting the sidewalk that close to heavy traffic in front of the new Albany Fire Department's Station 11 and Hasty Freez, one of the best burger-and-shake joints in town. Continue reading

CARA to explore buying lodge

The lodge building of the Albany Eagles at Broadalbin Street and Water Avenue.

The Albany Eagles are following through on what they told city officials last spring: They've put their lodge building up for sale, and the city's urban renewal board tonight authorized its staff to talk to the Eagles about possibly buying it. Continue reading

Albany’s new fire hall: Why it’s ’11’

The name is up on the side of Station 11, expected to open early next month.

In big letters high on the wall, its name is hard to miss when you drive past Albany's new main fire station, now nearing completion. But why do they call it Station 11? Why not Station One, for example, which would seem to make more sense? Continue reading

Swifts so far avoid new roost

The swift tower near the Pacific Boulevard viaduct at dusk on Sunday, Sept. 17.

Migrating swifts have been spending nights in various Albany chimneys, according to people who have seen them, but not in the structure especially built for them a year ago. Continue reading

About litter and plastic bags

Finding this bit of litter in a pile of leaves in our yard today prompted me to consider, once again, plastic bags and whether they should be banned. My answer: No, they shouldn't because they are useful, but we all should be more careful when we put them in the trash. Continue reading

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