HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

How about dinner in the alley?

Written January 28th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

There’s a plan afoot to turn at least one downtown Albany alley into a place for outdoor dining. The city council heard about it Wednesday from Lise Grato, executive director of the Albany Downtown Association.


Hanging baskets: Questions and answers

Written August 27th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

“My friends and I always wonder what they do to get the flower baskets downtown to bloom so profusely and get so big,” the email from Mandy Wilson said. “They are just petunias, right? We were also curious as to what they do with the baskets when the season is over. We thought maybe you […]


Downtown ‘parklets’ in 2nd year

Written July 23rd, 2017 by Hasso Hering

In case you haven’t noticed — and I hadn’t before Saturday — the downtown Albany “parklets” are back for the second summer in a row.


Free parking, but fines may rise

Written August 22nd, 2016 by Hasso Hering

Compared to Salem or Corvallis, downtown Albany is a breeze when it comes to parking. The main difference: No meters. The penalties for overstaying the generous parking limits have remained unchanged for 20 years. But now an increase has been proposed.


Not a little park, but a parklet

Written April 28th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

Thirty-six years ago the First Interstate Bank in Albany furnished this wide spot in the sidewalk in front of its parking lot on First Avenue in case any downtown pedestrian wanted to pause and take a load off. Now, with the consent of Wells Fargo, the Albany Downtown Association plans to turn the space into […]


Still seeing stars downtown

Written January 27th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

See those lighted stars up on posts all over downtown Albany? Makes it look as though it’s still the Christmas season, doesn’t it?


A brighter downtown — on one street

Written October 18th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

Downtown Albany may become brighter during winter nights — or as soon as a new lighting program can be started. But unfortunately, it will be a change limited to just a short stretch of First Avenue. And that brings up an old complaint that has been all but forgotten.


 
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