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HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

The old Cumberland Church in lights

Written December 3rd, 2018 by Hasso Hering

At the end of a long and tedious work session of the Albany City Council Monday, Councilman Ray Kopczynski mentioned that Christmas lights had been installed at the former Cumberland Church. Now that, I thought, was worth taking a look.


Cyclists at the ‘gore:’ What to do now?

Written December 3rd, 2018 by Hasso Hering

That’s an awkward place for a bike lane to end, and apparently I’m not alone in thinking so. Someone made the same point to the Albany Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission.


Oregon Passenger Rail: A chance to react

Written December 2nd, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Of the many ways to get from Albany to Seattle and back, taking Amtrak is probably the cheapest and least stressful. Oregon officials are still working on a plan to make the Oregon leg of the trip more convenient, and a little faster too.


Art for Albany: City panel picks a concept

Written November 30th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

On a winter night, imagine going down the Pacific Boulevard off-ramp to downtown Albany and, on your right, seeing the petals of giant wildflowers glowing in the dark.  Pretty cool, right?


Downtown housing proves hard to build

Written November 29th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

One of these days, but not right away, this lot on Albany’s Third Avenue S.E. may or may not hold eight townhouse-style apartments. That’s what I got out of a long discussion Wednesday by the advisory board of the Central Albany Revitalization Area.


Traffic panel to take up Waverly zone

Written November 28th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

The school speed zone on Albany’s Waverly Drive S.E. is on the agenda of the city’s Traffic Safety Commission next week, but don’t expect a recommendation or other substantive action any time soon.


Work at corner site: Waiting for permits

Written November 27th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

What’s been happening at the corner of Santiam Highway and Bain Street in Albany? The short answer is nothing much as construction seems to be at a standstill.


Speed sign on Second: Seeing no change

Written November 26th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

If the experimental radar sign the Albany City Council caused to be installed on Second Avenue has had any effect in slowing traffic, the change is so small it is hard to detect.


Cal vote might help on twilight rides

Written November 25th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Getting a late start on my Sunday bike ride, I got caught by the gathering dusk. Then I thought of California, where on that general subject, the majority of voters this month had the right idea.


Making new house fit old neighborhood

Written November 23rd, 2018 by Hasso Hering

A ride this week took me down Fourth Avenue in Albany’s Hackleman Historic District, and I stopped to photograph a newly built house that looked close to being completed. I was struck by how nicely it fits in with the older houses on the street.  


 
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