This column usually takes a look into broken sidewalks, dirty alleys and infrastructure in the public realm that isn't working.
On Park Avenue, just south of Olive, the half-built shell of a building stands behind a fence, its tan wooden bones slowly bleaching in the February sun.
Merced may be the Gateway to Yosemite, but the road that takes people to Half Dome, Highway 140, offers a washboard ride in some places.
It doesn't quite reach China, but a pothole in the parking lot of the Valley Prescription Pharmacy in Merced has been wreaking havoc in the parking lot.
I think we got a lot done in 2008. I looked back through the archives and relived the weed abatement, and curb repair.
Frank Dutra was upset last month when an arborist from Pacific Gas and Electric Co. went "Edward Scissorhands" on a tree on the front end of his Livingston property.
As if finding a job during these trying times wasn't tough enough, the Employment Development Department in Merced has added a new obstacle for job hunters -- a jungle.
Wal-Mart may be at the center of one of Merced's most divisive economic issues, but no matter where you stand on the matter, there's no avoiding the occasional trip to the discount supercenter.
Driving to his own Cooper Avenue business every morning, Randy Fontes can't help but notice the weeds popping up on the now-closed 84 Lumber property at Highway 59.