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Trestle: Simple solution isn’t feasible

Written August 29th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

Now that we’re talking about Albany’s infamous truck-eating trestle on First Avenue, why not solve the problem by lowering the street or raising the structure holding the track? Because while it sounds like the most straightforward solution, it’s impractical. If it were feasible, it would have been done long ago.

Can this truck trap be fixed?

Written July 20th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

Do you think Albany will do anything else to keep trucks from hitting the railroad overpass on First Avenue? Me neither, but at least the subject came up — briefly, and without resolution — at Wednesday’s meeting of the Central Albany Revitalization Area advisory board.

It’s not what it looks like

Written June 20th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

At first glance, from afar, it looked like trouble with the Portland & Western trestle on First Avenue, where for decades trucks have now and then become stuck. But in this case, on Monday morning, trouble had done everybody a favor and stayed away.

First Avenue in lights

Written November 30th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

Last week you and I took a look at the new tree lights on Albany’s First Avenue downtown, but it was still light in the afternoon and the full effect was not quite visible. Here’s another look Saturday night. The lights on some 60 street trees, put up by the Albany Downtown Association with funding from proceeds […]

Out of place: Downtown billboard

Written November 15th, 2012 by

  There’s a billboard on East First Avenue in Albany. It’s been there for years. But I hadn’t really paid attention to it until one day this month. With time on my hands, I was wandering around that part of town, on foot for once. And I got to wondering: What’s a billboard doing there? […]

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