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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Racing on Second Avenue? Not exactly

Written June 23rd, 2018 by Hasso Hering

If a week-long “tube count” of traffic is any indication, speeding is not a widespread problem on Albany’s Second Avenue S.E. There may be the occasional speeder, sure, but by and large the pace of traffic is pretty sedate.


A new lawn: No watering, less mowing

Written June 22nd, 2018 by Hasso Hering

This is the kind of lawn you’ve been wishing for: It needs no irrigation, grows very slowly, and stays green in the summer heat.


On Riverside, reminders of your speed

Written June 21st, 2018 by Hasso Hering

On the first day of summer, the bike took me south of town, out on Oakville and back on Riverside, where on the newly widened section I was delighted to discover solar-powered radar speed displays.


Watching Oak Grove being razed

Written June 21st, 2018 by Hasso Hering

The demolition of Oak Grove School in North Albany drew a small crowd this morning.


Let CARA think big and then quit

Written June 20th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Now that the downtown streetscape project is winding down, Albany’s urban renewal agency will have to decide what to do next. One potential idea: Put on a push to improve the neighborhood east of Lyon Street by rebuilding the streets and upgrading the houses that need it.


Alternate route? No, but a nice drive

Written June 19th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Not an “alternate route” to Albany exactly, but much more scenic.If you signed up for email alerts from the Albany police, you got this “traffic advisory” at 4:19 Tuesday afternoon: “Hwy 20 between North Albany Rd and 1st Avenue limited to single lane traffic due to diesel spill. Use alternate routes.”


Making everything harder: growth

Written June 18th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Our busybody state government has, you will not be surprised to learn, a “Global Warming Commission.” Its motto is “Keep Oregon Cool.” If only it could.


A noisy time at the farmers’ market

Written June 16th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

What’s a little extra noise when you’re at the Albany Farmers’ Market?


Back-in parking: Council notes complaints

Written June 14th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

One day after the Albany City Council acknowledged complaints about the left-side, back-in angled parking outside the post office, I went there hoping to document that drivers had finally become accustomed to the layout. As you can see, that’s not what I found.


Ahead of him, a really long ride

Written June 13th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

There are easier ways to reach the East Coast, and quicker ones. Brann Smith, however, aims to get there the hard way — on his bike.


 
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