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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

More lanes? Don’t hold your breath

Written August 19th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Watching northbound traffic creeping along on I-5 made me wonder what’s happening with the long-standing plans for third lanes. The answer is not much, other than continued planning, which moves much slower than even the traffic on a summer Sunday afternoon.

Call it a pseudo-apple, if you want

Written August 18th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

This is what you get years after you’ve cut down the remnants of an apple tree and let saplings grow from the roots to become kind of a big apple bush.

Tolls could make congestion worse

Written August 16th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Oregon is preparing to impose tolls on two freeway segments in Portland as a way to reduce congestion. From the standpoint of people in the Willamette Valley who occasionally have to drive to the Portland airport, let’s hope the tolls won’t make congestion worse.

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Again and still, angled reverse parking

Written August 16th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

I had hoped I was through with this topic, but evidently not. The left-side reverse angled parking on Second Avenue in front of the Albany Post Office continues to stump at least some drivers, including the one who parked that silver car.

CARA update: Hoping for completion

Written August 15th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Albany’s downtown renewal board may now be on its way to setting priorities for completing its mission. That’s the vague but hopeful main news from Wednesday’s monthly session of the CARA advisory board.

Paddling the Willamette: End of Day 2

Written August 14th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

If you happened to see all those paddle craft lined up on the Willamette river bank at Bryant Park and were wondering what was going on, listen to Kate Ross Kuthe explain:

It’s to keep our power on …

Written August 14th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Trimming branches above power lines is not the only thing that has to be done from time to time. Sometimes, as in this case, the whole top of a dead tree has to come down.

CARA and ABC: Request for siding aid

Written August 12th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

CARA is being asked to give $10,000 to another downtown Albany building venture, but the push for major projects to complete and then wind up the 17-year-old urban renewal program seems to remain stalled.

Accessory unit: A family’s quest stymied

Written August 11th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

When you see the spot where Marcie Howard and her husband, Gary, would like to build a small house on the property of their son, it’s hard to see why the city of Albany and Mayor Sharon Konopa won’t let them.

Downtown signs: Which way to turn

Written August 10th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Strangers wandering around downtown Albany on foot now have handsome signs to tell them where to go. If they can see the signs, that is.

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