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HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

City wants more proposals on vacant bank

Written April 17th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Albany city officials have received a couple of competing proposals for what to do with the former Wells Fargo Bank downtown, and they are looking for more.


Albany launches downtown parking study

Written February 10th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The Albany City Council thinks the city would benefit from a downtown parking study, and it has commissioned one at a contracted cost of no more than $42,803.


A traffic change: Dotted line turns solid

Written December 13th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

ODOT has followed through on changing an important lane marking on Ellsworth Street between Eighth and Ninth avenues. Now let’s see if Albany drivers get the hint.


Downtown housing proves hard to build

Written November 29th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

One of these days, but not right away, this lot on Albany’s Third Avenue S.E. may or may not hold eight townhouse-style apartments. That’s what I got out of a long discussion Wednesday by the advisory board of the Central Albany Revitalization Area.


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.


 
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