The major retail and business areas in Albany are Solano Avenue, which is a pedestrian-oriented street lined with mainly small shops, restaurants, and services; San Pablo Avenue, which is more automobile-oriented; and an area near the Eastshore Freeway, to which the city is trying to attract big-box stores and offices, and currently houses a two-story Target store.
The Albany “Bulb” is located at the foot of Buchanan Street at the Albany waterfront. The Albany Bulb was previously a construction debris landfill site until operations were ceased in 1984. The Regional Water Quality Control Board worked with the City and community members to achieve the requirements of a landfill closure order and establish the area as a public park.
The City of Albany Recreation & Community Services Department is your hub for recreation activities & programs, special events and community services. The Department provides staff support for the Parks & Recreation Commission, Arts Committee and Social & Economic Justice Commission. Additionally, the Department provides the community with seasonal recreation brochures, flyers and public information.
Albany is the site of Golden Gate Fields, the only horse racing track in the Bay Area. Real estate prices have been rising steeply in recent years until the 2008 financial crisis and recession. The median price of a single family home and condo in Census 2000, June 2007, November 2009, July 2011, August 2013 and August 2014 were $334,800, $687,500, $610,000, $590,000, $625,750 and $820,050 respectively.
The Solano Avenue Stroll, an annual street festival held on Solano Avenue in Albany and Berkeley, attracts more than 250,000 visitors on the second Sunday of September. The event was started in 1975 by The Iris store owner and Solano Avenue Association founder Ira Klein as a “thank you party” from Solano Avenue business owners to customers. The Library of Congress designated the Solano Stroll as a “National Local Legacy” in 2001.
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