A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Street work: Help on where to walk

Written June 7th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

At first glance this detour looked contradictory, but on second glance I saw the little pedestrian on the yellow sign. Looks like the city and the contractor are making sure walkers can find their way through the street construction in downtown Albany this summer.

St. Francis: Another study coming

Written September 14th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

What are the chances of a successful hotel being developed in downtown Albany? Conventional wisdom says zero to none.  But maybe the conventional wisdom is wrong. And come winter, business students at the University of Oregon will try to answer the question in a systematic way.

What about that ‘east anchor’?

Written August 17th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

Five years ago, an update of Albany’s downtown plan called for two “anchors” to help revitalize the central area. On the west end, there would be the Albany Carousel, now under construction. On the opposite end, there would be an unspecified “east anchor” on the south side of Water Avenue between the Willamette River bridges. […]

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?

Restoration downtown: An update

Written December 8th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

You’re looking at part of the front of the Century Building in downtown Albany, at 117-123 First Ave. N.E., and it won’t look this shabby for long. According to plans reviewed by the Albany Landmarks Advisory Commission on Tuesday, it’s about to be restored to its former glory.

Basic street work gets CARA’s nod

Written November 13th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Half a dozen blocks of downtown streets are going to be dressed up to make them look similar to First Avenue at a cost of $1.4 million, according to what I heard about a decision by the Central Albany Revitalization Area advisory board.

CARA: Out with fancy names

Written September 18th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Albany’s downtown urban renewal agency wants people to stop snickering and complaining about spending money on frou-frou-sounding projects like a “promenade” or an “esplanade.” So it has changed their names.

First Avenue in lights

Written November 30th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

Last week you and I took a look at the new tree lights on Albany’s First Avenue downtown, but it was still light in the afternoon and the full effect was not quite visible. Here’s another look Saturday night. The lights on some 60 street trees, put up by the Albany Downtown Association with funding from proceeds […]

In Albany, a new street of lights

Written November 25th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

As you can see in this video, the downtown segment of Albany’s First Avenue now has new nighttime lighting. Strings of what look like Christmas tree lights have been wound around the trunks of the street trees there and strung partway into the crowns as well. At dusk Monday, the effect was not quite as […]

Novak’s move wins CARA backing

Written November 20th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

Rarely has a financing request received as enthusiastic a reception from the Central Albany Revitalization Area advisory board as that of Novak’s Hungarian Restaurant. On Wednesday night the CARA panel unanimously recommended approval of a $126,000 loan to help the business restore the historic storefront at 208 Second Ave. S.W. and move there by next June […]

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