HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

On the blink: Ellsworth bike-on-bridge lights

Written March 19th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Crossing the Ellsworth Street Bridge in Albany on a bicycle can be a bit of a thrill. To make it less risky, ODOT installed a system of flashing lights when the bridge was rehabilitated in 2002.


Suggestion: Make this bulb-out easier to see

Written March 17th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

A citizen last month asked the Albany City Council to make one of the new Ellsworth Street bulb-outs easier for people in cars to see. So far though, nothing’s been done.


The coming ban on plastic bags

Written March 15th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

In the interest of reducing plastic pollution on land and sea, the Oregon legislature this year most likely will enact a statewide ban on single-use plastic checkout bags. But just how much pollution this will prevent is unknown.


Old house talked about at council meet

Written March 14th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

What’s likely to happen with this vacant old house in Albany’s Monteith Historic District now is a little clearer after the subject came up before the city council Wednesday night.


A boost for Albany metals industry

Written March 11th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Planning is under way to give Albany’s metals industry a boost with the addition of a $20 million machine, a so-called HIP furnace to be installed at a now-vacant site near the south end of Marion Street.


What’ll happen with this old house?

Written March 9th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

I took photos of 732 S.W. Fourth Ave. in December, thinking what happens to this vacant house might illustrate Albany issues such as historic preservation and code enforcement.


Speed display gets a test on First

Written March 8th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

A radar sign made virtually no difference in traffic speed on Albany’s Second Avenue last year. Now the city wants to test whether it changes anything a block away on First.


Park’s open, so let’s ride through it

Written March 7th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

This should be the last mention of Bryant Park on this site for a while, don’t you think? But since the park’s locked gates were an item on Sunday and Tuesday, it’s only fair to report that the gates are open again now.


Gibson Hill: What is, and isn’t, happening

Written March 6th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

As a North Albany commuter, maybe you thought the construction on Gibson Hill had something to do with the forthcoming resurfacing of the road or even the plans for a signal at nearby Crocker Lane. If so, sorry to disappoint you. No, all the recent digging on the north side of Gibson Hill, west of […]


Repealing time change may save lives

Written March 6th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

For the umpteenth time, we’re losing an hour with the time change come Sunday. And right on cue ODOT is warning us of the potentially fatal effects of drowsy driving that the change might cause.


 
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