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HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

The annual battle of the fallen leaves

Written November 18th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Autumn leaves are piling up everywhere in Albany this mild and dry — so far — November. But the end is in sight as more and more of our trees are beginning to look pretty bare.


Noted: Some nice new pavement

Written October 20th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

Getting streets maintained and pavement repaired is always an issue in Albany, but not any more on two streets in a leafy neighborhood at the southwest edge of town.


Water Avenue: A street solution?

Written July 19th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

On a bike ride along the Albany riverfront, I could not help noticing that segments of Water Avenue now have a nice new surface. Could the same kind of treatment be a solution for the many old city streets where the potholes resemble craters on the moon?


Council seems open to local gas tax

Written March 21st, 2017 by Hasso Hering

The Albany City Council seems open to the idea of putting a local gas tax before the voters this fall. That’s the impression I got after catching the tail end of a council work session on Monday.


Council talks street repairs and cash

Written February 6th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

The Albany City Council is working itself up to a plan for raising the money it will take to upgrade and maintain city streets, many of which are in poor shape. Early estimates say the city would need $10-19 million a year, depending on how fast the council wants to accomplish how much.


The day the sweeper comes …

Written July 7th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

If you live in Albany and want the street in front of your house swept, you can get out a broom and shovel and sweep it yourself. Or you can check the schedule and make sure you don’t block the city’s sweeper when it comes around, like clockwork, at least once a month.


Why this widening? Because …

Written May 23rd, 2016 by Hasso Hering

On Saturday a couple of readers asked the Answer Man why Benton County was widening Robinhood Lane in North Albany. The Answer Man asked people who know, and now their replies are at hand.


East-west ‘avenues’ — but why?

Written February 12th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

The world faces many pressing issues, and this is about none of them. Instead, it’s about the nagging and so far unanswered question of why some of Albany’s city streets including all the numbered ones are designated “avenues” while others are simply “streets.”


The endless possibilities of ‘may’

Written February 8th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

“May” is a funny word. Very flexible. And vague. What it really means is “may or may not.” In other words, no information contained in it at all. That makes it useful when you’re trying to write a headline on a slippery story that doesn’t nail anything down. And apparently it’s useful for signs as […]


What to call Albany streets

Written November 16th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

If you want a change of pace and something far less momentous than Jihadi terror to worry about, how about calling Albany streets by their correct names? Spring Hill Road comes to mind. It’s three words, as the road sign on the Albany-Corvallis Highway makes plain.


 
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