HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Homeless parking ban proposed near shelter

Written May 19th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Homeless people parking their vehicles outside the Helping Hands shelter on Ninth Avenue, or camping there, would no longer be allowed to do so under a proposal the Albany City Council will consider on Monday.


CARA’s riverfront project survives on 5-2 vote

Written May 11th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Albany is plowing ahead with its $16.2 million project to upgrade the Willamette riverfront, but it’s not a unanimous decision.


Portable toilets: City’s survey ends today

Written May 11th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Over the weekend I rode the bike through Monteith Riverpark. The restrooom situation there reminded me that the Albany City Council is not yet done with portable toilets.


Would lower fees make houses affordable?

Written May 9th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

In the interest of making houses more “affordable,” the Albany City Council seems inclined to lower systems development charges on small new single-family dwellings and raise them on big ones. But “affordable” is not a firm number, so whether the idea works is impossible to predict.


Albany’s CARA will check out Independence

Written April 2nd, 2022 by Hasso Hering

On April 20 the Albany City Council has scheduled a visit down the river to Independence to tour its downtown redevelopment project, which looks like a resounding success with a centeriece of a gleaming riverside hotel.


Councilwoman wants facility to help homeless

Written February 21st, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Is there a way Albany could provide enough temporary housing space so that no homeless person would ever have to sleep under a bridge or on the street — or be allowed to do so?


Vacant city lot remains, well, undecided

Written January 24th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

The future of a 1-acre vacant lot, owned by the city of Albany in the middle of the Edgewater Village development off Water Avenue, remains uncertain today.


 
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