HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Changing laws means more fences

Written October 22nd, 2018 by Hasso Hering

On one of my occasional bike rides outside of Jacksonville in Southern Oregon, I was struck by the proliferation of fences around what you’d think would be agricultural sites.


CARA wants to buy a downtown property

Written October 21st, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Albany’s urban renewal agency will try to buy a downtown property. They don’t want the public to know which one, but it sounds like the building and parking lot of the former Wells Fargo branch on First Avenue.


More passenger rail: Wake up to the price

Written October 19th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Nobody would blame you for having nodded off during the prolonged planning for Oregon Passenger Rail. Time to wake up, though, for now there are some startling figures at hand regarding the costs.


An ugly spot of automotive blight

Written October 18th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

On the bike or on foot, this is not the kind of sight you want to come across anywhere, let alone near a struggling residential neighhborhood where people are trying to spruce things up.


Another place I had never been…

Written October 17th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

The list of Oregon places I have never seen is long. It got two items shorter on Wednesday because I got to canoe on the Wood River (that’s one) and visited a sparsely used state park southeast of Crater Lake.


Postscript: Why the hole was made so big

Written October 16th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

If you read Monday’s story behind the 25,000-gallon tank being installed at the new Oak Grove School in North Albany, you may have briefly wondered why the excavation for it was many times bigger than the tank.


East Albany area: Lots of new housing

Written October 16th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Housing and more housing — that’s the story of the area near Timber Ridge School in the East Albany Neighborhood.


At Oak Grove, a big tank and bigger hole

Written October 15th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

The sight of a mammoth tank at the Oak Grove School construction site in North Albany made me wonder what it’s for. I got the answer, but I’m still amazed at the varied and apparently ancient geology revealed by a huge excavation on the site.


City cool to Golf Club’s sale offer

Written October 14th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

The city of Albany has been asked whether it wants to buy the Golf Club of Oregon, and the answer — so far anyway — is no thanks.


Albany downtown: The riverfront next?

Written October 13th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

So what comes next for CARA, the central Albany urban renewal district? Mayor Sharon Konopa has an idea, and she mentioned it Saturday at the completion ceremony of the city’s two-year downtown streetscape project.


 
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