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Bright lights blazing on Third

Written December 9th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

The new lights being installed downtown are certainly bright, even if they illuminate only an empty street as, in this case, three blocks of Third Avenue. Named for the shape of the fixtures, the new “double acorn” street lights are part of the $8.5 million downtown streetscape improvement project funded by CARA, the Central Albany […]


Downtown car store: My memories

Written August 19th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

‘East anchor’: A councilman’s idea

Written August 23rd, 2016 by Hasso Hering

The city-owned parking lot on the south side of Water Avenue between Albany’s Willamette River bridges has about 65 spaces, give or take one or two. City Councilman Rich Kellum has an idea of how to double the number of spaces and develop the site as the “east anchor” of the downtown district’s commercial revival at […]


Housing upgrade coming on E. First

Written August 4th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

We drive by this place on Albany’s First Avenue S.E. all the time. But I had not noticed it was vacant until I rode it past it, slowly, on my bike last month.


Waiting for ‘augmented reality’

Written July 26th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

Something was going on in downtown Albany Tuesday night. Dozens of people converged on the corner of Ellsworth and First, staring at their phones. I figured it had something to do with Pokémon Go.


Not a little park, but a parklet

Written April 28th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

Thirty-six years ago the First Interstate Bank in Albany furnished this wide spot in the sidewalk in front of its parking lot on First Avenue in case any downtown pedestrian wanted to pause and take a load off. Now, with the consent of Wells Fargo, the Albany Downtown Association plans to turn the space into […]


Parking structures? Let’s hope not

Written October 30th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

The adjectives that come to my mind for parking structures all start with d: Dark, dirty, drafty and dank. And possibly dangerous as well, especially late at night. That’s why I hope all this talk about a parking structure in downtown Albany is just that and nothing more.


Lost downtown? Help is coming

Written September 16th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

If people have gotten lost and turned up missing in search for the sights of downtown Albany, I’m not aware of it. But just in case, the downtown urban renewal program is going to put up “wayfinding” signs.


Downtown revival: Another project

Written June 7th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Another building in downtown Albany would get a complete renovation and facelift under a proposal pending before the Central Albany Revitalization Area.


Another victim of technology

Written February 18th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Here’s another casualty of the digital age. For more than 30 years, this little storefront on Albany’s Ellsworth Street had been the home of Shutterbug, a camera and photo processing business. A generation of family photos got developed and printed here, and the prints remain crammed in albums that provide a look back — and […]


 
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