Where the sidewalk ends, for now

Getting inside the downtown branch of the Albany Public Library took a little doing Wednesday but as usual, it was worth the effort. Going to a library always is its own reward, no matter the hurdles in the way. Continue reading

Bids opened for Riverside Drive

The widening will help motorists as well as cyclists like this one on Riverside Monday.

The Linn County Road Department  this morning opened bids for widening about 2.4 miles of Riverside Drive from Oakville Road to Meadow Road, a long-planned project that will make the road safer for both motorists and bicyclists. Continue reading

Oregon, overrun by crowds

Heading home from Tigard on Saturday afternoon, Aug. 26.

When you're stuck in traffic, whether it's stop-and-go on I-5 south of Portland or waiting through two cycles of a light on Ninth in Albany, you get the impression that Oregon just has way too many people. Or people with cars, anyway. Continue reading

N. Albany zoning flap: What next?

The north end of Pleasant View Way may not remain a dead end. Jim Winkler's property is on the other side of the barrier.

Jim Winkler says he was disappointed but not surprised when the Albany City Council last week turned down his request to rezone nearly 13 acres of vacant land in North Albany so he could develop an apartment complex that would include commercial services for residents to use. Continue reading

Riverside site: The trash is gone

This is the "after" shot, taken Aug. 24. Look below for the "before."

The new owners of the former Permawood or Cemwood property on the Willamette River have cleaned the place up, as I discovered on a ride along the riverside trail. Continue reading

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