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HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

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.


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.  


Those bumps on Lyon: the fix is coming

Written November 21st, 2018 by Hasso Hering

The new pavement on the Highway 20 couplet in downtown Albany has but one little flaw: Some of the manhole covers ended up way below the surface, making for a slightly bumpy ride. But they’re working on a fix.


House rescue: Checking on Fourth Avenue

Written November 20th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

  Lots of progress has been made since I last checked in at 830 Fourth Ave. S.E. in Albany’s Central Neighborhood. Paul Dykast and his helpers have cleaned the place out, and they’ve begun working on fixing the old structure up.


How Independence got its hotel

Written November 19th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

The city of Independence wanted a riverside hotel and now it’s getting one. To learn how the town of 10,000 did it, I took the 20-minute drive there from Albany on Monday.


 
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