HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

The St. Francis project: Taking a look

Written February 26th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

From the fourth floor of the old St. Francis Hotel, you have a fine view of downtown Albany and beyond. You could see even farther from the roof.


Landmark oak survives another storm

Written February 24th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Unlike some other big old trees, Albany’s so-called “messenger oak” at Heritage Mall seems to have survived the ice storm this month without visible damage.


To fix the lights on those steel flowers

Written February 23rd, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Changing colored lights are a significant nighttime feature of the four steel sculptures in the grassy area near the Pacific Boulevard off-ramp to Lyon Street in downtown Albany. But lately they’ve not come on.


Albany fee decision set for next month

Written February 22nd, 2021 by Hasso Hering

If you pay Albany water and sewer bills, you may prepare yourself to start paying an additional monthly fee to support the functions and services of the municipal government.

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On Second Avenue, nine trees will fall

Written February 22nd, 2021 by Hasso Hering

A block of Second Avenue in downtown Albany will look kind of bare pretty soon. Nine street trees there have become too big, and the city is cutting them down.


Could Madison become a ‘bike boulevard’?

Written February 19th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Every once in a while I find myself on Madison, one of the streets in old Albany where the pavement makes your teeth chatter, especially if you’re on a bike. So an item on the agenda of the city’s bike and pedestrian commission caught my eye.


Storm debris at Bryant; other parks worse

Written February 18th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Bryant Park in Albany has been closed to motor traffic for weeks, so there was no need for hurry in clearing away the wreckage left by the ice storm of Saturday last.


 
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