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‘Catenary’ or not: More city lights

Written February 5th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

What’s that lamp doing up there? That’s what an acquaintance of mine wondered as he and I emerged from the downtown Carnegie Library on Monday.

The Big Dig: When it will start

Written May 19th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

The digging for Albany’s Big Dig will start on June 12. A week before that, workers for Emery & Sons Construction Group will start getting equipment in place for the $8 million project to reconstruct and spruce up several downtown streets.

Back-in parking: A matter of inches

Written April 6th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

So how’s Albany’s new back-in angled parking working out? OK, I guess, but I’m getting a little worried about the new trees the city just paid to have planted.

Tree cutters at work downtown

Written February 4th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

The cutting down of more than 100 street trees in downtown Albany has begun. No great news here, just noting the start of yet another early phase of the $8.4 million streetscape improvement program taking place this year.

Not good enough? But it works

Written January 24th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

This, in case you can’t tell, is the intersection of Ellsworth Street and Sixth Avenue in Albany. It’s also the scene of what is shaping up as a big waste of public money.

Goodbye trees; you’ll be replaced

Written January 6th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

It’s possible that what starts next week will become known as the great Albany tree massacre of 2017. But in a few years the massacre may be forgotten as a whole bunch of new and — one hopes — more stately trees grace downtown streets.

Downtown street loan: $8.4 million

Written October 19th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

Albany will borrow $8.4 million from the state of Oregon to pay for upgrading several downtown streets. The urban renewal advisory board learned Wednesday that the city’s request for the money had been approved, and the city council, acting as the Albany Redevelopment Agency, voted unanimously to approve the deal.

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