A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

A ‘derelict structure’ along the tracks

Written December 4th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

For people on foot or on a bike, there’s a shortcut across the railroad tracks on Pine Street in Albany. If you take it, as I did again on Sunday, you pass a boarded-up house marked with a City of Albany notice: “Derelict Structure.”

Zoning for climate: A questionable quest

Written December 2nd, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Albany and other Oregon towns above 50,000 are preparing to comply with a state order to designate “climate friendly areas.” All I can say is good luck.

Looking up at signals, and here’s why

Written December 1st, 2022 by Hasso Hering

There was a reason I parked at Waverly Park and started walking around, craning my neck and pointing my phone at the new signal installations on Pacific Boulevard, at Albany Avenue on one side and Airport Road on the other.

Site plan filed to remodel Albany car lot

Written November 30th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

The former Hertz car lot at 520 Airport Road may be remodeled to sell Subaru automobiles.

Money approved for cleaning Waverly Lake

Written November 29th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

There now is a chance of preventing algae from building up in Waverly Lake next year the way they did this year and in summers past.

Finished mural: Casting light in the dark

Written November 29th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Now that Eileen Hinckle has finished her new mural in Albany, it’s time to take another look at the completed work.

Demolition meeting ends on a sour note

Written November 28th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Monday’s meeting of the Albany Revitalization Agency was called to award a demolition contract for the former Wells Fargo branch downtown. It ended on a sour note when the chair, Councilwoman Bessie Johnson, formally accused member Dick Olsen of violating the secrecy of an executive session.

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