A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Homeless camps on Albany paths: An update

Written May 27th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

The homeless camp on the Dave Clark Riverfront Path featured in Friday’s story had been cleared by Friday afternoon.

A new addition on the Dave Clark Path

Written May 27th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

There have been improvised homeless camps along the Willamette River in Albany for years, but not up on the Dave Clark Riverfront Path — until now.

Still for sale: Vacant Cumberland lot

Written May 25th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

The city of Albany is hoping to sell the former site of the historic Cumberland Presbyterian Church, a property that the Public Works Department acquired in 2000 for $150,000. But as of today, the vacant lot is still for sale.

Those I-5 flags: Still tied to bridge screens

Written May 24th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Nearly two months ago, ODOT told me its crews were removing anything including U.S. flags attached to the overpass screens on Interstate 5. But this past weekend, the flags were still there.

Questioning ‘sharrows’ on downtown couplet

Written May 23rd, 2022 by Hasso Hering

It was in 2018 that ODOT painted shared-lane markings in the middle of the right traffic lanes of the Ellsworth-Lyon couplet in downtown Albany. This is long enough for me to venture the conclusion that these so-called sharrows don’t actually work.

When you see this, stop and buy a cup

Written May 21st, 2022 by Hasso Hering

In a spring marked by dismal news on the economic front, things may be looking up. On Saturday afternoon I came across a kids’ lemonade stand. It was the first one I had seen this year, and I took it as a sign of hope.

Homeless parking ban proposed near shelter

Written May 19th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Homeless people parking their vehicles outside the Helping Hands shelter on Ninth Avenue, or camping there, would no longer be allowed to do so under a proposal the Albany City Council will consider on Monday.

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