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Streetscape: CARA to reconstruct 7 blocks

Written April 19th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Albany’s urban renewal board had three options for repaving seven blocks of two downtown streets. It chose the one that would take longer and cost more than the others because it should result in stronger pavement and less maintenance through the years. The full reconstruction covers four blocks of Second Avenue, from Washington to Lyon […]


Tree wells: a streetscape update

Written February 26th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

So what’s with those wooden frames, square and sturdy as they look, around the newly planted trees in Albany’s downtown streetscape reconstruction?


Crossing the line? That’s a fine

Written January 2nd, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Here’s a heads-up about curbside parking in downtown Albany: If you cross the white lines painted on the street, you run the risk of getting a $25 citation, even if crossing the line is the only way to fit between cars already parked.


A sidewalk anomaly explained

Written November 28th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

Monday was kind of a slow day, which may explain why I first noticed and then wondered about the shape of the new sidewalk on Second Avenue downtown.


Espolon update: Repair plans filed

Written November 21st, 2017 by Hasso Hering

This building on First Avenue in downtown Albany has been closed since part of its façade collapsed during attempted repairs more than a year ago. But now the owner has submitted repair plans for the city’s review.


Downtown Dig is taking longer

Written October 18th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

As busy as the crews working on Albany’s $8 million downtown “streetscape” project have been, they’re not going to get it all done this year as city officials had originally hoped.


Downtown ‘parklets’ in 2nd year

Written July 23rd, 2017 by Hasso Hering

In case you haven’t noticed — and I hadn’t before Saturday — the downtown Albany “parklets” are back for the second summer in a row.


Street work: Help on where to walk

Written June 7th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

At first glance this detour looked contradictory, but on second glance I saw the little pedestrian on the yellow sign. Looks like the city and the contractor are making sure walkers can find their way through the street construction in downtown Albany this summer.


St. Francis: Another study coming

Written September 14th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

What are the chances of a successful hotel being developed in downtown Albany? Conventional wisdom says zero to none.  But maybe the conventional wisdom is wrong. And come winter, business students at the University of Oregon will try to answer the question in a systematic way.


What about that ‘east anchor’?

Written August 17th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

Five years ago, an update of Albany’s downtown plan called for two “anchors” to help revitalize the central area. On the west end, there would be the Albany Carousel, now under construction. On the opposite end, there would be an unspecified “east anchor” on the south side of Water Avenue between the Willamette River bridges. […]


 
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