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What’s ‘wrong’ with this scene?

Written May 9th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

There’s not much to say about this Albany highway sign, except that, well, this does look like the wrong way to attach a sign.

Was it just a question of upside-down thinking? Or was it that the installer exercised his sense of humor?

The sign is one of two intended to keep drivers from going up the exit ramp from Highway 99E (Pacific Boulevard) to Seventh Avenue just east of the Albany viaduct and overpass. I stumbled across it Monday when I went to get a photo of one of the properties a city committee thinks would be suitable for the Albany Post Office. (That’s in case the post office can be induced to move from the downtown site it has occupied since the 1960s.)

It probably doesn’t matter that the sign is upside down. The one on the other side of the street is right side up. And the message is the unmistakable: Don’t go here. (hh)



3 responses to “What’s ‘wrong’ with this scene?”

  1. John Hartman says:

    The larger problem, which you failed to refer to, is the abundance of weeds growing long side city streets. These continue to be an eyesore for Albany. I wish the Council would spend as much time worrying over the underbrush as they do about the Merry Go Around. These noxious weeds can single handedly undermine any and all efforts by the City to promote Albany as a pleasant place to live. In fact, if the Council spent as much time on noxious weed control as they attempted on cannabis control, this community would be miles ahead in the effort to attract new populations.

  2. James Engel says:

    It might just make a driver look twice owing to trying to make out what the sign said. Odd segway in to weeds & other matters there Mr Hartman when the blog was only about the sign….JE

    • hj.anony1 says:

      Ha ha JE! Time for you to put your BrIgHt yellow ref’s hankie back in your pants.

      You see the common thread in HH’s picture? Just saying’ …..


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