A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

On passing P&W trains, watch for city names

Written January 27th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

Here’s the thing about Albany: It’s a railroad town, and cruising around town on a bike inevitably means you’re going to see trains.

Queen Avenue: In search of name’s origin

Written January 23rd, 2023 by Hasso Hering

In idle moments over the years, I’ve wondered how Queen Avenue in Albany got its name. Turns out I’m not the only one.

City: Cutting trees to save the sidewalks

Written January 17th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

The Albany neighborhood between Periwinkle Elementary School and Waverly Drive is about to lose its mature street trees. At least one homeowner wishes the city would leave the trees be.

Albany’s plan for ADA-accessible streets

Written January 12th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

When a man named Humphrey poured the concrete for the curb at East Fifth and Railroad streets in Albany in 1910, he could not foresee that 80 years later Congress would pass the Americans with Disabilities Act.

What about all those left-over leaf piles?

Written December 17th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

In case you had not noticed, there are many piles of dead autumn leaves left on Albany streets. Will somebody pick them up and clear the gutters of all that mulch before it clogs the storm drains the next time it rains?

Portable hoops: Code change is for them

Written September 12th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

If you or your kids have a portable baskeball hoop on your street, you may be interested in a proposed new Albany law that says where these hoops should and should not be placed.

Bad streets: How come no complaints?

Written June 6th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Every once in a while, bumping along the broken pavement and potholed streets of old Albany on my bike, I wonder why the people living there or driving on these streets are not complaining?

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