HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Riverfront development question: How much?

Written August 24th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Albany may spend up to $20 million in urban renewal funds to redevelop its Willamette riverfront, including 14 blocks of Water Avenue from Washington Street to Main, but the potential price tag is getting some pushback from at least two members of the city council.


House repair caught up in historic review

Written August 23rd, 2019 by Hasso Hering

An Albany couple working to fix up their house in an old part of town have been stopped, at least temporarily, because of city regulations that discourage vinyl windows and favor siding made of wood.


On the railroad, testing the track for flaws

Written August 22nd, 2019 by Hasso Hering

When it comes to railroads in the mid-valley, there’s often something interesting to see. On Wednesday afternoon, for instance, you might have spotted the Federal Railroad Admnistration inspecting the former Oregon Electric track from Albany south. Or you might have seen the inspection train rolling across Riverside Drive, as in the brief video above. I […]


Here’s something to ban: Hard plastic wraps

Written August 21st, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Only four months to go before our overseers in the state legislature will make people in Albany and the rest of Oregon give up the convenience of free shopping bags of thin plastic. But another kind of plastic — much thicker and sharp, and capable of slicing your skin if you’re not careful — remains […]


Just how is this a ‘permanent’ path?

Written August 19th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Ten years ago, the Albany City Council closed a short bike and walking path near South Albany High School to cut down on teenagers causing trouble. The city says neighbors are still grateful, but the continued closure appears to violate a city law passed in 1975.


Cumberland church: Bigger costs on horizon

Written August 17th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

It’s been more than a year since the Albany City Council voted to try to get rid of the former Cumberland Presbyterian Church it owns at Main Street and Santiam Road. Volunteers have been working on saving the building, and now the council faces a decision on whether to spend money on major repairs.


City seeks bids to remove river gravel

Written August 16th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The city of Albany has obtained an emergency permit to remove a gravel bar that has made the boat ramp at Takena Landing trickier than usual to use. Now it’s hoping to find a contractor to do the job.


Looks of electric equipment bug mayor

Written August 15th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Albany Mayor Sharon Konopa called it “one ugly piece of equipment.” It’s a voltage regulator assembly, and Pacific Power plans to install it on city-owned property just north of the park-and-ride station off North Albany Road.


On Hill Street, no more bumpy rides

Written August 14th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The new pavement on Hill Street at the corner of 31st Avenue on Aug. 13.After being torn up for a complete reconstruction, 10 bocks of Hill Street in South Albany now have been repaved and restriped and will reopen to through traffic soon.


Discovering an Albany gem: Draper Park

Written August 13th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The thing about aimlessly tooling around town on a bike is that sometimes you discover a new place — new to you, that is. Which is what happened Tuesday when I turned a corner, saw some majestic old trees, went that way, and found myself in Draper Park.


 
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