HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Parking outside the lines: What’s too far?

Written March 4th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

If you park your car on downtown Albany streets on weekdays, it goes without saying that it’s best to park inside the pavement markings and not risk a ticket by straying outside. But what about being just a little outside? And how little is too much?


‘Cheese grater’? That project’s off

Written January 3rd, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The fabled “cheese grater” on Albany’s First Avenue — a sign of progress in the 1960s and now considered an architectural atrocity — is staying up there, at least for now.


Downtown signs: Which way to turn

Written August 10th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Strangers wandering around downtown Albany on foot now have handsome signs to tell them where to go. If they can see the signs, that is.


Bright lights blazing on Third

Written December 9th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

The new lights being installed downtown are certainly bright, even if they illuminate only an empty street as, in this case, three blocks of Third Avenue. Named for the shape of the fixtures, the new “double acorn” street lights are part of the $8.5 million downtown streetscape improvement project funded by CARA, the Central Albany […]


Downtown car store: My memories

Written August 19th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

‘East anchor’: A councilman’s idea

Written August 23rd, 2016 by Hasso Hering

The city-owned parking lot on the south side of Water Avenue between Albany’s Willamette River bridges has about 65 spaces, give or take one or two. City Councilman Rich Kellum has an idea of how to double the number of spaces and develop the site as the “east anchor” of the downtown district’s commercial revival at […]


Housing upgrade coming on E. First

Written August 4th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

We drive by this place on Albany’s First Avenue S.E. all the time. But I had not noticed it was vacant until I rode it past it, slowly, on my bike last month.


Waiting for ‘augmented reality’

Written July 26th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

Something was going on in downtown Albany Tuesday night. Dozens of people converged on the corner of Ellsworth and First, staring at their phones. I figured it had something to do with Pokémon Go.


Not a little park, but a parklet

Written April 28th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

Thirty-six years ago the First Interstate Bank in Albany furnished this wide spot in the sidewalk in front of its parking lot on First Avenue in case any downtown pedestrian wanted to pause and take a load off. Now, with the consent of Wells Fargo, the Albany Downtown Association plans to turn the space into […]


Parking structures? Let’s hope not

Written October 30th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

The adjectives that come to my mind for parking structures all start with d: Dark, dirty, drafty and dank. And possibly dangerous as well, especially late at night. That’s why I hope all this talk about a parking structure in downtown Albany is just that and nothing more.


 
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