A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

A ‘derelict structure’ along the tracks

Written December 4th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

For people on foot or on a bike, there’s a shortcut across the railroad tracks on Pine Street in Albany. If you take it, as I did again on Sunday, you pass a boarded-up house marked with a City of Albany notice: “Derelict Structure.”

Livable Albany: Council updates the code

Written October 27th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Albany has lots of laws intended to safeguard the city’s livability, and the city council has just consolidated them in one chapter of the municipal code. The idea is to make it easier to find what’s allowed and what’s not.

Council revisits issue of portable toilets

Written September 20th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

The Albany City Council is ready to reopen the question of allowing portable toilets, at least in some cases, after a couple of independent small coffee stands were told to get rid of theirs.

Demolition: A question about Albany’s code

Written February 19th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

As reported at the time, a city contractor tore down David Furry’s 891-square-foot house at 610 Sherman St. on Jan. 27. Since then I’ve tried to find out more about it, and I still have a question.

How fads change: This sign reminds us

Written October 13th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

If you’re looking for regulations made irrelevant by the passing of time, Albany’s city law on congested thoroughfares would be a pretty good fit.

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