HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Downtown parking: An expert’s points

Written September 19th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

We’re all parking experts because, after all, we’ve parked vehicles in countless spaces thousands of times. On Wednesday, though, Albany city officials and others including me heard from a real expert, and listening to him was worth the time.


Date set for demolition hearing

Written September 19th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

The request for permission to demolish three old houses at Fourth and Calapooia, a contentious issue, will come up for a public hearing before the Albany City Council on Oct. 10.


On Oak Grove, a stump celebrates Ducks

Written September 18th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

On a ride around the neighborhood the other evening, this emerging piece of yard art caught my attention. A couple of days later I met the homeowners who thought of it and the chainsaw sculptor who’s making it real.


Bottle Bill: A deadline on old cans

Written September 17th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

So how do you like Oregon’s Bottle Bill now? Now, that the law covers so many more beverages in addition to water, soft drinks and beer?


Big rock: Learning about ‘glacial erratics’

Written September 17th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Over the years, I’ve probably passed this boulder in west Albany dozens of times, but not until a reader asked me about its origin last week did I take a closer look.


Two downtown banks: Keeping track

Written September 13th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

One downtown Albany bank stands empty while another is setting up a mobile unit to use as a temporary branch.


Illegal camping: Council softens penalty

Written September 12th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Following an “executive session” closed to the public, the Albany City Council has softened a couple of tough new laws aimed at vagrants camping on public property.

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Old houses: Council takes the case

Written September 12th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Unhappy with a city committee’s rejection of a request to raze three dilapidated old houses in the Monteith Historic District, the Albany City Council voted Wednesday to review the case without the applicants having to file — and pay for — an appeal.


Council leaves school zone in place

Written September 11th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

As far as the Albany City Council is concerned, the long 20-mph school zone on Southeast Waverly Drive is fine even though there’s no requirement for it to remain.


N. Albany apartments: Open and planned

Written September 10th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

The second apartment development to be proposed in North Albany has just won city approval, so I was wondering how things had worked out at the first.


 
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