HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Tough choice: Who gets part of $1 million?

Written September 8th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Maybe it wasn’t a favor for the legislature to give Albany $1 million to do something about affordable housing or homelessness. Now the city council has to decide who gets some of the money, and it’s not an easy choice.


City vacates street to help Helping Hands

Written August 24th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Three members of the Albany City Council plus the mayor Wednesday pushed through a move to vacate or abandon a short section of Jefferson Street, an action the Helping Hands homeless shelter needs to expand.


Portable toilets: Council renews the debate

Written July 27th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

The portable toilet outside First Christian Church in Albany was the focus once again as the city council engaged in another round of talk about it on Wednesday.


Unhoused in cars: Looking for a place to park

Written July 18th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

People forced to camp in their cars because of homelessness are largely gone from the block of Ninth Avenue in Albany where the city has banned them. It’s not clear where they have gone, and an advocate’s plea for city council help regarding parking so far has generated no response.


A homeless crisis and vagrancy troubles

Written July 13th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Two sides of Albany’s homeless problem came up before the city council Wednesday night in the form of pleas for help. But it did not look like any form of concrete help would come.


The mess on Cox Creek got worse

Written June 28th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

The bike and I took the Cox Creek Path in Albany on Tuesday to see if the Union Pacific had made any progress replacing its trestle across the creek and the path. The video below, with bonus footage of a passing train, shows what I found.


Hanging out in center of a highway couplet

Written June 23rd, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Surrounded by heavy traffic in the middle of Albany, there are two islands of lawn, flowers, bushes and trees. Lately the larger of the two has become a place for apparently homeless people to hang out.


 
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