HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

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?


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.


Streetscape: CARA to reconstruct 7 blocks

Written April 19th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Albany’s urban renewal board had three options for repaving seven blocks of two downtown streets. It chose the one that would take longer and cost more than the others because it should result in stronger pavement and less maintenance through the years. The full reconstruction covers four blocks of Second Avenue, from Washington to Lyon […]


Lyon Street blossoms in the rain

Written April 6th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Could those be the first cherry blossoms along Albany’s Lyon Street downtown? They don’t look like much yet, but wait a few years until those trees are bigger and put on a springtime show, even in the rain.


Downtown Dig is taking longer

Written October 18th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

As busy as the crews working on Albany’s $8 million downtown “streetscape” project have been, they’re not going to get it all done this year as city officials had originally hoped.


Where the sidewalk ends, for now

Written August 30th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

Getting inside the downtown branch of the Albany Public Library took a little doing Wednesday but as usual, it was worth the effort. Going to a library always is its own reward, no matter the hurdles in the way.


More bulbouts, and a question

Written May 29th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

The official name, I think, is sidewalk extensions. But you can also call them bulbouts. They’ve been a favorite of street planners for years, and Albany is getting a bunch more as part of the CARA streetscape project that’s going to start in June.


 
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