A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Bike boulevard: Ride all eight blocks

Written February 21st, 2021 by Hasso Hering

In the last story on this subject a couple days ago, we went for a short video ride on Madison Street, where the city of Albany is planning a project to enhance bike safety. Here’s a slightly longer ride along all eight blocks of Madison from Pacific Boulevard to Water Avenue.

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That’s supposed to be a public meeting?

Written February 4th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

This is a screenshot from the virtual meeting of the Albany Planning Commission on February 1. It may give you an idea how hard it was to follow this ostensibly “public” meeting of a local governing body during this Terrible Time of Covid.

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Planning commission OKs ‘The Banks’

Written February 1st, 2021 by Hasso Hering

The Salem owners of a section of Albany riverfront now have city approval of their plan for 120 apartments on the 6.2-acre site.

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Where bunker sits, dwellings are proposed

Written January 25th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

The city of Albany has wanted to get rid of an unused reservoir it owns on Burkhart Street, but the astronomical cost of demolishing the heavily reinforced concrete structure scared would-be buyers away.  Now an engineer and a builder have come forward to give it a go.

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After the storm: The scene on Bryant Way

Written January 13th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

One of the scattered power outages reported in the Albany area overnight happened here, on Bryant Way, when Tuesday night’s storm blew a tree across the road. I came across the crew working to fix the outage around mid-day.

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Two street projects to benefit Albany school kids

Written January 10th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Albany has won grants totaling about $1.5 million intended to provide safer streets for children to get to and from two elementary schools on the south side of town.

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Chaos elsewhere, city park planning here

Written January 7th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

While everybody is trying to cope with the fallout of the chaotic events in D.C., the machinery of local government grinds away on all the mundane tasks that must be done. In Albany’s case that includes planning for the future of the city’s parks.

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