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HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Albany’s credibility problem and how to repair it

Written April 22nd, 2013 by

The Albany city government has a problem. It’s a problem with credibility and it’s connected with public safety and urban renewal. In March 2012, city voters approved a public-safety tax levy outside the city’s normal taxing authority. Voters were assured the money would go to the police and fire departments. Most of it does. But […]


Decision time for CARA

Written April 18th, 2013 by

After lying low for about a year, Albany’s downtown urban renewal district will soon have to make a choice: Look for new projects and regain its momentum or return some of its money to other taxing districts. The advisory board of the Central Albany Revitalization Area started debating this Wednesday. The issue comes up because […]

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Albany issue: That ‘slip lane’ to Water

Written January 18th, 2013 by

(For a reaction, see below)Albany’s riverfront street, Water Avenue, is not that easy to reach from Lyon Street, the main drag. That makes it tough to try to develop what part of the latest downtown plan calls the “east anchor,” one of the plan’s main features. The proposed solution is to build what has come to be […]


Albany’s CARA: In search of direction

Written November 15th, 2012 by

Albany’s downtown urban renewal district is working once again to define what it wants to do from now on, and how. Earlier this year the city council, acting as the governing board of the Central Albany Revitalization Agency or CARA, put several pending projects on hold. In October, the CARA advisory board agreed that it […]


 
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