A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Downtown revival: Another project

Written June 7th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Another building in downtown Albany would get a complete renovation and facelift under a proposal pending before the Central Albany Revitalization Area.

Another victim of technology

Written February 18th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Here’s another casualty of the digital age. For more than 30 years, this little storefront on Albany’s Ellsworth Street had been the home of Shutterbug, a camera and photo processing business. A generation of family photos got developed and printed here, and the prints remain crammed in albums that provide a look back — and […]

A gratuitous plug: What a nice shop!

Written December 22nd, 2013 by Hasso Hering

A little shop downtown. No hurrying crowds. A huge selection of gifts, from the practical — well, almost, if you think scented soap from France is practical — to the whimsical. Helpful advice if you want, none if you don’t. (I was in need of some and got it.) Can you imagine a more pleasant […]

Walk faster, Grandma: Seconds count!

Written September 17th, 2013 by

Have you seen those pedestrian traffic signals that tell people how many seconds they have left before — before what exactly? Before they can expect to get run over? The signals count down the seconds after the “walk” signal has changed to red. In Albany some of those signals have been in use for years. […]

Mythology downtown: Icarus?

Written September 15th, 2013 by

This is not a forum for critical appraisals of public art. But let’s make an exception here for the Icarus mural that covers the entire side of a two-story building on First Avenue in downtown Albany. Does this, I ask you, does this look anything like the mythical Icarus? In case you’ve gotten a little rusty […]

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