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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Owners ask to subdivide Heritage Mall

Written December 20th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

The owners of Heritage Mall have asked the city of Albany to approve their plan to subdivide the acreage and break the mall property into five separate lots.

Carnegie upgrade: Windows that work

Written December 19th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

There’s something noteworthy about the many windows in Albany’s downtown Carnegie library: Most of them didn’t work, but because of a project funded by private money, now they do.

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Albany slows in single-home building

Written December 17th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Home building in Albany has slowed a little this year just as the Oregon legislature is trying to encourage more housing to be built. And the legislative pressure for more may increase next year.

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Before I forget: Checking on the sea

Written August 26th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

When things get slow, go to the beach and check on the level of the ocean. That’s my motto. One of them, anyway.

Tolls could make congestion worse

Written August 16th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Oregon is preparing to impose tolls on two freeway segments in Portland as a way to reduce congestion. From the standpoint of people in the Willamette Valley who occasionally have to drive to the Portland airport, let’s hope the tolls won’t make congestion worse.

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Getting away from it all: Try this lake

Written June 30th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

What can I say? Leaving Albany briefly behind, I took to the wilds of Upper Klamath Lake with my son Dave. And I can report that the canoe trail there provides an experience that is hard to beat.

Sign wavers: Will machines take over?

Written June 15th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

With too much time on my hands, I scanned the revised Albany sign code that city officials and their consultants have been laboring for months to produce. Hard as I looked, I could find no mention of the latest in business promotions: robot sign wavers like the one above.

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Edgewater Village: A push to finish

Written April 21st, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Edgewater Village, the subdivision on Albany’s formerly industrial riverfront, is making arrangements to step up the pace of home construction after the Albany urban renewal board approved a change in its loan agreement with the developers.

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On the highway Sunday afternoon

Written March 18th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Here’s what I was talking about a few days ago, when I was singing the blues about trucks on the interstate passing each other and taking their sweet time about getting back in the right lane.

Plastic bags: Take 2, so to speak

Written March 8th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

There it was, an ugly pimple on the face of the broad green bosom (in Tom McCall’s memorable phrase) of the Albany countryside: A discarded plastic grocery bag, limply pulsating in the breeze.

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