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Your Questions Needed for New Albany Patch Column

We're introducing a new weekly column for locals looking for solutions to community problems and issues -- from public nuisances to eye-sores to local mysteries.

Have you ever wondered why Albany has never built a dog park, what's the deal with the cross on public land on top of Albany Hill, or why the city's centennial banners are still hanging all along the avenues years after the event?

Well, so have we and we're going to do something about it. But we can't do it without your help!

You Ask, Albany Patch Answers is a weekly column for locals curious about community problems or issues. Everything from speeding car hotspots to park safety after dark (should I really let my tween hang at Terrace Park on Friday nights?) to what it takes for a small mom & pop business on San Pablo or Solano to thrive, versus tank, as many seem to do.

Why has Albany cut back to one street sweep per month when it used to clean every other week? Why, 20 years ago, did it cost citizens $50 to process something with city planners, and now it costs thousands? Why did Albany used to pay for fixing sidewalks, but now the homeowner pays? Why? WHY?! WHY?!?!

If you've got a question about something in Albany, send it to albany@patch.com. We'll do our best to give answers and opinions about the big problems and try to help solve the small ones. Your name will not be shared without permission.

Amy St.George September 22, 2010 at 03:43 AM
My question is why do we have a big iron T Albany sign on Solano across the street from Safeway? The biggest eye sore on the street........the second is on the corner of San Pablo and Marin. Weeds and a pathetic display of signs on a outdated designed gate/fence?
Emilie Raguso September 22, 2010 at 04:01 AM
Good question, Amy! I will send it to the crew.
Ross Stapleton-Gray September 22, 2010 at 04:26 AM
The "pathetic display of signs on a outdated designed gate/fence," though, is so emblematic of its era... it's the post-war (WW II, since we've had a bunch since) iconography of community, the rounds for groups like Rotary, or Lions, etc. I'm a late Boomer (born in 1961), but it still evokes nostalgia, and it annoys me when I pick up a copy of, say, "Ramona the Pest," and find that the art has all been updated to discard the old 1960s ink drawings. The big iron T? No explanation, unless the City got a discount on welding and spare I bars that year.
Brian Parsley September 22, 2010 at 04:32 AM
I think there is good news on the horizon for both of these areas. I believe Albany's new Art Master Plan addresses both.
angela September 22, 2010 at 11:48 PM
I was walking with my nephew beneath that T bar when he spontaneously jumped up to do a chinup...he ended up with 10 years of Solano exhaust grime on his hands. Gross!

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