HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Concerns on Clark Path: The city listens

Written September 21st, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Trash left by transients along the riverfront and Dave Clark Path may be an intractable problem, but Albany city officials are not giving up. They will consider even cameras to deter or detect illegal camping.


Burggraf Building’s sale is pending

Written September 20th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

The front of 129 W. First Ave. in downtown Albany looks like the picture of what they mean by “blight.” But maybe not for much longer, as the property known as the Burggraf Building is under contract to a potential buyer.


Downtown parking: An expert’s points

Written September 19th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

We’re all parking experts because, after all, we’ve parked vehicles in countless spaces thousands of times. On Wednesday, though, Albany city officials and others including me heard from a real expert, and listening to him was worth the time.


Date set for demolition hearing

Written September 19th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

The request for permission to demolish three old houses at Fourth and Calapooia, a contentious issue, will come up for a public hearing before the Albany City Council on Oct. 10.


On Oak Grove, a stump celebrates Ducks

Written September 18th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

On a ride around the neighborhood the other evening, this emerging piece of yard art caught my attention. A couple of days later I met the homeowners who thought of it and the chainsaw sculptor who’s making it real.


Bottle Bill: A deadline on old cans

Written September 17th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

So how do you like Oregon’s Bottle Bill now? Now, that the law covers so many more beverages in addition to water, soft drinks and beer?


Big rock: Learning about ‘glacial erratics’

Written September 17th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Over the years, I’ve probably passed this boulder in west Albany dozens of times, but not until a reader asked me about its origin last week did I take a closer look.


From the wildlife front: Meet a newt

Written September 16th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

We are, it seems, surrounded by all kinds of wildlife. This may look like a fearsome creature from the black lagoon. But I’m pretty sure it’s only a rough-skinned newt.


Streetscape benches, a placement dilemma

Written September 15th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Imagine the plight of a streetscape designer who’s supposed to place a few benches on the newly rebuilt sidewalks of Albany’s downtown. How to position this street furniture so it is inviting and does future bench sitters some good?


Two downtown banks: Keeping track

Written September 13th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

One downtown Albany bank stands empty while another is setting up a mobile unit to use as a temporary branch.


 
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