HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Hub City Village: To house Albany ‘unhoused’

Written July 31st, 2019 by Hasso Hering

How about this: A community of small cottages, each with room for one or two people, clustered on maybe an acre or so, with rents low enough that some of Albany’s residents with very small incomes could live there without fear of being thrown out on the street?


Tree disease claims Albany landmark elm

Written July 30th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

One of Albany’s “heritage trees,” an odd little elm in front of the Christian Science Reading Room at Seventh and Calapooia, has come down with an incurable disease and will have to come down, period.

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An Albany soda tax? How Albany, CA, does it

Written July 26th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

If the Albany City Council is going to pursue a “soda tax” as a new source of city revenue, it might be of interest to look at how Albany, California, has dealt with such a tax.


Riverside path blocked for sewer project

Written July 25th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Now it has started — the big Albany sewer project intended to prevent overflows to the Willamette River during heavy rains. The construction will, among other things, distrupt the middle section of the Dave Clark Riverside Path, where an underground lift station or pump will be installed.


Albany’s approach to the homeless: ‘Solutions’

Written July 24th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Since April, Albany has been taking a new approach when police are called to respond to a problem with someone living on the street. You might call it the “shoe leather” system that gets people a path to being helped immediately and on the spot — “curbside” if you will. Casey Dorland, the administrative lieutenant […]


Neighbors air concerns over N.A. bikeway

Written July 23rd, 2019 by Hasso Hering

About two dozen property owners showed up Tuesday for a neighborhood meeting about the North Albany segment of the planned Albany-Corvallis Bikeway. Some of them voiced questions and concerns, but the main news for me was that the project was still on and the Albany segment is scheduled to be built in 2020.


Is it twilight for downtown library?

Written July 23rd, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Casting about for ways to save money, the Albany City Council is talking about possibly “repurposing” the downtown Carnegie Library. What that means, apparently, is closing the library and using the building for something else.


Library survey: A chance to say something

Written July 22nd, 2019 by Hasso Hering

All those notes pasted on a board at the Albany Public Library tell you what the writers think will make Albany “better.” What’s that about, I wondered.


Wanted: A buyer to rescue this old house

Written July 19th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Here’s a chance for would-be rescuers of dilapidated but historic Albany houses. This place, at 732 Fourth Ave. S.W., is about to come up for sale. The Federal National Mortgage Association, which owns it, is looking for a buyer with an interest or background in restoring historic buildings.


Tree protection? Albany doesn’t have much

Written July 18th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The Albany Planning Division is processing a request for a zone change that would allow more and smaller residential lots on a piece of undeveloped woodland off Franklin Avenue and Airport Road.


 
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