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Council gets a gift: Ideas for ‘Strong Towns’

Written February 26th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

What makes communities successful and strong, and what makes them less so year by year? There’s a new book out on that subject, and the Albany City Council now has copies thanks to former Councilman Ray Kopczynski.


Guess what: ADUs on Albany agenda again

Written February 25th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

Whether it wants to or not, the Albany City Council will once again have to confront the issue of accessory dwelling units or ADUs. That’s because the city is being threatened with legal action over the outdated ADU language in its development code.


An Albany cat law? Councilor follows up

Written February 24th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

Two weeks ago, an Albany resident asked the city council to consider passing a law on cats. Councilman Alex Johnson II, for one, is not forgetting about the request but instead is following up.


Another public hearing on routine repairs

Written February 24th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

At the risk of beating a dead horse, another story on an old theme: The Albany Planning Division and Landmarks Commission once again have to go through an elaborate and formal procedure to approve minor repairs on an old house.


Maple Lawn to continue as a preschool

Written February 22nd, 2020 by Hasso Hering

Albany Parks and Recreation Director Kim Lyddane has good news for all those parents who pleaded with the city council last spring not to close the Maple Lawn Preschool: Subject to council and school board approval, the place will stay open and Greater Albany Public Schools will cover the expense.


On the riverbank, an unexpected cleanup

Written February 21st, 2020 by Hasso Hering

Here’s what I saw on the Dave Clark Riverfront Path on Friday afternoon: A group of guys hard at work cleaning the path of piles of rusted junk they had spent the day recovering from the riverbank below.


Can the Wells Fargo project be saved?

Written February 21st, 2020 by Hasso Hering

The outlook for the redevelopment of the city-owned former Wells Fargo branch downtown looks uncertain now, but the city council has given the would-be developer three more months to see if the project is financially feasible.

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