A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

A shrub too far…

Written September 23rd, 2014 by Hasso Hering
Patience is a virtue when trying to enter Ninth from here.

Patience is a virtue when trying to enter Ninth from here.

Landscaping is a fine thing, sure. So is the occasional advertising gimmick, especially if it works. But why put either on corners where they keep drivers from having a clear view of what’s coming at them at 40 miles an hour or so?

The scene: Ninth Avenue in Albany. I’m sitting in one of the entries and exits of the Periwinkle Plaza strip mall, patiently waiting for a gap in traffic.  But from the driver’s seat of a little car, low to the ground, it’s hard to see what’s coming down the right-hand lane.

When traffic is heavy, as on most afternoons, getting on Ninth from that little shopping center does require some patience and quick reflexes. It would help if the landscaping allowed a longer sight line upstream.  (hh)

2 responses to “A shrub too far…”

  1. Brian says:

    Another one I dislike is a right turn from 1st street onto the US 20 bridge (Lyon St) over the Willamette R. There is often a large furniture truck parked on Lyon that blocks the view of traffic on Lyon that is approaching the intersection.

    • James Carrick says:

      Yep, and another problem I’m noticing: some of the nice trees that inhabit the space between the sidewalk and the curb need trimming in a number of locations throughout town because they are masking or obscuring stop signs.

      I’m all for trees but the city dictates where they must be placed and the city should be sure “their trees” don’t create traffic hazards. Just my $0.02


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