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HASSO HERING

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Albany cart law looks like a flop

Written January 19th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

In 2008, the Albany City Council passed a law intended to help return stolen shopping carts to the stores that own them. Almost 11 years later, we can see it hasn’t worked well, if at all.


Demolition stayed pending appeal

Written January 18th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

As far as the Albany City Council was concerned, demolition could start any time now on three decrepit old houses at Fourth Avenue and Calapooia Street. But an appeal against the council’s decision is pending, and the Land Use Board of Appeal this week stayed the city’s demolition permits.


ADUs get okayed despite deadlock

Written January 18th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The Albany City Council’s deadlock on a code change for detached accessory dwelling units has not prevented ADUs from being built or proposed, and neither has the current limit on their size.

Posted in: Commentary, News

Ray of hope: Three bills on DST

Written January 17th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

In the gloom of an Albany afternoon in January, it may be interesting to know that at least a few legislators this year would like to do something about daylight saving time or DST. More precisely, they would like to get rid of the pointless ritual of adjusting our clocks by one hour twice a […]


A reminder of a case yet to be solved

Written January 16th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

This is the spot on Bryant Way where, on Oct. 30, 2017, somebody found the body of Albany resident Aurelio Reyes Zamora. The investigation of his death is still open.

Posted in: Commentary, News

East of Lyon: A remarkable comeback

Written January 16th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

On an evening stroll through central Albany east of Lyon Street, I took a few photos of houses that impressed me as restored, repainted, fixed up, or just showing signs that the owner or somebody has been taking good care of them.


Watch out, the lawmakers are back

Written January 14th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The 2019 legislature has organized itself in Salem. From here it looks like the majority will do everything it can this session to make life more expensive and less free for taxpayers and other citizens who would rather be left alone.


Why those three big trees were felled

Written January 13th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

If you’re wondering why three stately conifers in Albany’s Broadway Neighborhood are no longer there (and even if you’re not), the city’s online register of building-related permits has an answer.


Albany housing: More apartments coming

Written January 12th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Since housing seems to be on everybody’s mind, it may be worth noting that in 2018 Albany approved plans for 300 apartments, most recently 96 units in the Santiam Neighborhood between Waverly Drive and Davidson Street.


The riddle of the Baker Street rails

Written January 11th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

I’ve looked for clues in various archives, but so far I haven’t been able to learn why there are remnants of a railroad track buried in Baker Street downtown.


 
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