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Working on a NA traffic solution

Written January 29th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

North Albany commuters may be glad to learn that traffic experts are looking at the intersection of Gibson Hill Road and Crocker Lane, where making left turns often involves a considerable wait.


Blocking our view: Talk about bushes

Written November 6th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

On Monday and Tuesday, Albany city employees plan to sweep the town of temporary signs placed in the right of way along major streets. Some of us think those signs, most of them little A-frames, are less of an annoyance than the landscaping on many corners that keeps us from seeing what’s coming down the street.


Roundabout news: It’ll look better

Written July 7th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

And here is further exciting news from the Albany infrastructure beat. Well, maybe not exciting but at least mildly interesting to those who have complained about the sad shape of the Main Street roundabout built in 2014.


The Answer Man: Signals on 34th

Written July 2nd, 2015 by Hasso Hering

This was the question that arrived via email from an Albany reader: “What is going on with the traffic lights that are supposed to be put in at 34th Avenue and Marion and 34th Avenue and Hill?” As luck would have it, the Answer Man is in.


Talking Waters: Upkeep required

Written June 23rd, 2015 by Hasso Hering

It’s not as though Albany’s Talking Water Gardens just sits there, minding its own business and tolerating the odd cyclist pedaling along its trails. No, it evidently requires a fair amount of maintenance to keep it looking like a natural landscape and performing the water-cleaning job for which it was built.


Canal fight getting out of hand

Written June 5th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

It hasn’t come to blows yet, but it may — I’m talking figuratively, I hope — in the fight between city officials of Albany and Lebanon over the Albany-Lebanon Canal. On Friday it looked as though the dispute would reach a boiling point at Cheadle Lake, the former log pond Lebanon has turned into a park-like waterway […]


Whoosh! Leaf vacuum in action

Written November 20th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

With a vacuum like that, keeping your place clear of leaves this fall would be a breeze, assuming you could wrestle the big hose around, which looks easier than it is.


A smooth path for a better life?

Written November 15th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

On a cold but sunny Saturday, with a brisk tailwind from the north, I’m sailing along on Albany’s Periwinkle Bikepath, thinking about — what else? — poverty and federal funds.


Santiam Canal: Where dollars flow

Written September 1st, 2014 by Hasso Hering

A boat, they say, is mostly a hole in the water into which to pour money. At times the Santiam Canal must seem like that to the city of Albany.


Canal dispute: Compromise needed

Written August 13th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

In Texas and maybe elsewhere, they say that whiskey is for drinking and water is for fighting over. Let’s hope a fight can be avoided in the lingering, water-related dispute between the cities of Albany and Lebanon. The impasse is holding up Lebanon’s plans to build a new treatment plant.


 
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