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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

‘Albany Alley’: Downtown dining out back

Written October 3rd, 2021 by Hasso Hering

It was back in January that the idea of a dining spot in a downtown Albany alley first hit the local news on this website. Now it’s become a reality, and the organizers no doubt hope that the mild weather will last a while so people can try the place out.


City’s public EV charger about to open

Written September 28th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

You may be surprised to learn, as I was, that this is National Drive Electric Week. Sophie Dykast at City Hall mentioned it when she told me that Albany’s first city-sponsored electric vehicle charging station will open to the public tomorrow, at 8:30 Wednesday morning.


A sign appears of downtown building’s past

Written July 14th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

A century-old sign of Albany history saw the light of day again when workers took the stucco off the brick wall of the old King Griff Building on the northeast corner of Third Avenue and Lyon Street.


A vehicle-charging station for downtown

Written July 5th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

If you have an electric car, pretty soon you’ll be able to park it in downtown Albany and charge the batteries — unless somebody else has had the same idea and got there first. In which case you’d have to wait your turn.


Why old OER railway depot is locked up

Written April 16th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

A reader wondered why the historic Oregon Electric Railway station in downtown Albany was closed. Is it unsafe or condemned, she wanted to know. No, I checked and it’s nothing like that.


The St. Francis project: Taking a look

Written February 26th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

From the fourth floor of the old St. Francis Hotel, you have a fine view of downtown Albany and beyond. You could see even farther from the roof.


On Second Avenue, nine trees will fall

Written February 22nd, 2021 by Hasso Hering

A block of Second Avenue in downtown Albany will look kind of bare pretty soon. Nine street trees there have become too big, and the city is cutting them down.


 
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