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HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

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.


CARA: Millions for attractive streets?

Written October 21st, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Consultants on Wednesday showered Albany’s urban renewal board with ideas for millions of dollars in downtown street enhancements, but they recommended against angled parking on Second Avenue.


Issue: Updating downtown streets

Written October 20th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Albany’s downtown streets might get a facelift over the next few years. Or they might not, depending on what the Central Albany Revitalization Area advisory board thinks of design options worked up the Portland firm of George Crandall, CARA’s architectural adviser.


If not a street fee, what?

Written May 28th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

If you were hoping that the potholed streets in the older parts of Albany might some day be repaved, you can expect to be disappointed. The city government has no plans to do anything about this worsening problem, at least not yet.


A potential danger? Not really

Written April 5th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Take a look at this railroad grade crossing, newly rebuilt and opened last week on Albany’s Main Street S.E. When I went by there on March 28, the day the crossing was reopened, the alignment of the new sidewalk struck me as unusual. It goes around the gates, so when the arms are down the […]


Anything coming? Hard to tell

Written March 30th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Oregon law allows drivers to make a left on a red light if they are turning on a one-way street. So if you are sitting here on Third Avenue, waiting to go left on Lyon, you should be able to make the turn if nothing is coming down the street from your right. But as you can […]


Back to dirt streets and mud?

Written March 16th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

In a video the other day I reported on the crumbling pavement on Albany’s Fifth Avenue S.E., and you and I together were wondering why that and many other streets in the old part of town haven’t been fixed. The answer is not that there isn’t any money. It’s just that the money is spent on […]


Dodging craters on our streets

Written March 3rd, 2014 by Hasso Hering

The poor shape of some of Albany’s oldest streets is an old subject. A reader, Hazel Siebrecht, brought it up again on Feb. 28 in response to my story on the spending proposals before the CARA urban renewal advisory board when it meets at 5:15 p.m. today (March 4) at City Hall.


About the next snow storm …

Written December 10th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

So what — besides letting the water run to prevent the pipes from freezing up — could we do better the next time we get hit by one of these snowstorms followed by a blast of near-arctic freeze? What could mid-valley residents and our communities do in order to have any easier time?


 
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