HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Albany streetscape: Now that it’s done …

Written October 12th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

After dinner at Taqueria Alonzo on Friday night, I took a few minutes to walk around the downtown streetscape improvements whose completion the city of Albany will observe at noon today.


Streetscape benches, a placement dilemma

Written September 15th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Imagine the plight of a streetscape designer who’s supposed to place a few benches on the newly rebuilt sidewalks of Albany’s downtown. How to position this street furniture so it is inviting and does future bench sitters some good?


Are we there yet? Not quite, but close

Written July 18th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Wondering when — or indeed if — street work in downtown Albany will ever be finished? The answer is Friday, sort of.


Verdict on new street: Well, it’s smooth

Written July 4th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

It’s been weeks since traffic could flow unencumbered through downtown Albany as seven blocks of two streets were reconstructed, one by one.


Big Dig enters its final phase

Written May 14th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

As you can see, the final push of downtown Albany’s Big Dig has begun. It’s supposed to be finished by mid-July. But then there’s one more thing: ODOT resurfacing the two downtown legs of Highway 20.


Going downtown? Be aware of cameras

Written May 11th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

One of the things we’ve learned from the Case of the Downtown Tree Chopper is that downtown is under video surveillance and the cameras never sleep.


Streetscape: CARA to reconstruct 7 blocks

Written April 19th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Albany’s urban renewal board had three options for repaving seven blocks of two downtown streets. It chose the one that would take longer and cost more than the others because it should result in stronger pavement and less maintenance through the years. The full reconstruction covers four blocks of Second Avenue, from Washington to Lyon […]


Tree wells: a streetscape update

Written February 26th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

So what’s with those wooden frames, square and sturdy as they look, around the newly planted trees in Albany’s downtown streetscape reconstruction?


Crossing the line? That’s a fine

Written January 2nd, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Here’s a heads-up about curbside parking in downtown Albany: If you cross the white lines painted on the street, you run the risk of getting a $25 citation, even if crossing the line is the only way to fit between cars already parked.


A sidewalk anomaly explained

Written November 28th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

Monday was kind of a slow day, which may explain why I first noticed and then wondered about the shape of the new sidewalk on Second Avenue downtown.


 
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