HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Hanging out in center of a highway couplet

Written June 23rd, 2022 by Hasso Hering

At the traffic island between Ninth, Pacific, Santiam and Geary on Wednesday afternoon, June 22.

Surrounded by heavy traffic in the middle of Albany, there are two islands of lawn, flowers, bushes and trees. Lately the larger of the two has become a place for apparently homeless people to hang out.

A reader called my attention to this on Tuesday. “They were there about a month ago,” she wrote, adding that she had sent a message to the city manager at the time “to please not have our nice landscaped couplet get trashed. The police got them out, but they came right back.”

The bike took me there for a look on Wednesday afternoon, and I found three people surrounded by stuff.

I asked a guy what they were doing there. “None of your business,” he said.

When I suggested to the man that camping was not allowed on this patch of state property, he replied they were not camping. “It’s day use,” he said.

These park-like islands between the roads — Pacific Boulevard, Santiam Highway, Ninth Avenue and Geary Street — are owned by the Oregon Department of Transportation. But the Albany Parks Department manages and maintains the landscaping in what has become a nice asset in the middle of the city’s busiest set of intersections, the east end of the highway couplet of U.S. 20 and Oregon 99E.

The city parks crew runs into issues with people camping in the middle of the couplet islands from time to time, I learned from Rick Barnett, parks and facilities maintenance manager.

He said the police work on moving the campers, and when that’s been done, “we will come in and clean up the site.” (hh)

From Pacific Boulevard, the encampment under the trees on the trafffic island was impossible to see.

 

 

 

 





9 responses to “Hanging out in center of a highway couplet”

  1. MarK says:

    We’re being overwhelmed by the homeless and their garbage. Let’s elect a city council/mayor who will do something about, other than turn a blind eye.

    • Rachel La Brasseur says:

      Run for one then MarK. Let’s see how you’d take care of the problem.

      • MarK says:

        I may be deaf, but I’m not dumb.

      • centrist says:

        WORD

      • Marilyn Smith says:

        The filing period is August 5-22. Three council seats and the mayor’s are open every even-numbered year. Details at http://www.cityofalbany.net/elections July 1.

        • Gordon L. Shadle says:

          Marilyn, if this is the best reply you can think of, as an outsider I continue to fear for the future of Albany.

          “I didn’t want to just walk away from helping to keep Albany improving and moving forward.” You said these words during your 2020 campaign.

          So what is your solution to improving Albany’s homeless problem? What specifically do you advocate to move Albany forward on this issue?

          Instead of a snarky response to “run for office”, please give MarK (and all of Hasso’s readers) a reply that inspires confidence that you are a force for improvement, as you promised.

          Your snarky reply just fed into MarK’s “blind eye” assertion. Is that the impression you want to leave with Albany voters?

          • Ray. Kopczynski says:

            Obvious trolls who offer zero solutions but like to rail & hide behind their anonymity are lucky to get accurate info (aka election specifics) even though they blithely dismiss it.

  2. TLH-ALB1 says:

    MarK…agree

    Ya leave sugar out and do nothing to clean it up…ya get ants.

  3. rob norman says:

    city may have to follow others by offering “emergency safe-stay” camp facilities

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

 

 
HH Today: A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley
Albany Albany City Council Albany council Albany downtown Albany Fire Department Albany housing Albany parks Albany Planning Commission Albany police Albany Post Office Albany Public Works Albany riverfront Albany Station Albany streets Albany traffic Albany urban renewal Benton County Benton County parks bicycling bike lanes Bowman Park Bryant Park Calapooia River CARA City of Albany climate change coronavirus COVID-19 Cox Creek path Crocker Lane cumberland church cycling Dave Clark Path DEQ downtown Albany Edgewater Village global warming gun control Highway 20 housing Interstate 5 Kitzhaber Linn County marijuana medical marijuana Millersburg North Albany Obama ODOT Oregon coast Oregon legislature Pacific Power Portland & Western Queen Avenue crossing Republic Services Riverside Drive Santiam Canal Scott Lepman Talking Water Gardens The Banks Tom Cordier Union Pacific urban renewal Water Avenue Willamette River


Copyright 2022. All Rights Reserved. Hasso Hering.
Website Serviced by Santiam Communications
Hasso Hering