A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Look around and watch housing grow

Written March 28th, 2024 by Hasso Hering

Criss-crossing Albany on a bike, I often stop and look at construction sites, especially those where new housing has just been finished or is still being built.

Reopening Queen: There’s been a delay

Written October 19th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

The 400 block of southwest Queen Avenue in Albany was supposed to have been reopened to traffic by now,  but there has been an appparent snag.

All aboard, but new platform’s not finished

Written June 26th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

On Monday I stopped at Albany Station to see how the construction of a raised concrete platform was coming along. Just then Amtrak’s Train 11, the southbound Coast Starlight, pulled in.

Oregon housing and the governor’s goal

Written February 3rd, 2023 by Hasso Hering

When she took office this month, Oregon Gov. Tina Kotek announced her goal that 36,000 new houses be built in Oregon per year. She knows that this requires more than wishing it so.

Are these dirt barriers necessary?

Written May 23rd, 2015 by Hasso Hering

For some years now, you and I have seen long ribbons of black or orange sheeting surrounding construction sites in the mid-valley. I guessed these low fences were intended to prevent dirt and water from escaping, and wondered if they did any good. Now that I’ve finally looked them up, it’s apparent to me that in many cases stringing […]

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