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Coming back to Sunrise Park: Here’s why

Written July 21st, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Albany’s Sunrise Park is interesting for at least two reasons. First, it’s being renovated specifically to help the surrounding neighborhood, one of Albany’s poorest. And second, the process of getting it done illustrates the insanity of state and federal rules on “wetlands.”

Albany’s old bikeway has a new sign

Written July 20th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Over 40 years or so, wind and weather had left their mark on the sign marking one entrance to Albany’s first bikeway. Now the sign looks like new again — because it is.

Panera follows through with site plan

Written July 20th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

As expected when a big sign went up in the spring, the Albany Planning Division has now received a site plan for the construction of a Panera Bread Café.

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$10,000 toward a greater front view

Written July 18th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

You won’t be looking at the famous “cheese grater” at 415 First Avenue W. for much longer. The downtown urban renewal agency Wednesday gave the building’s tenants $10,000 toward refurbishing the building’s front the way it looked after it was built around 1866.

Are we there yet? Not quite, but close

Written July 18th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Wondering when — or indeed if — street work in downtown Albany will ever be finished? The answer is Friday, sort of.

Get to know my smart meter? Why?

Written July 16th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Pacific Power is asking us all to “get to know your new smart meter.” I don’t know about you, but as for me, that’s one complication I didn’t ask for and don’t need.

It may not look all that ‘noxious,’ but …

Written July 15th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

By landing where it did, this butterfly called my attention to the subject of noxious weeds. For a “noxious weed” is what, 14 years ago, the Oregon Department of Agriculture declared this flowering bush to be.

Going slow: Rattling down Water Avenue

Written July 14th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

From time to time I’ve wondered about the speed that the Portland & Western’s freight trains maintain on the line down the middle of Albany’s Water Avenue. Now, based on some fortuitous data gathering, I have a pretty good idea.

Accessory units: Mayor explains her veto

Written July 13th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Albany Mayor Sharon Konopa has vetoed a council-passed ordinance on accessory dwellings, hoping the members will agree on changes that she and all the councilors can support.

415 First: Making it look great again

Written July 12th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

I don’t remember who first came up with the description of the aluminum front that hides the handsome architecture of No. 415 on Albany’s First Avenue West. But now, the days of the “cheese grater” may finally come to an end.

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