A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Housing development appears stuck in limbo

Written March 30th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

What happened to the plan to build 44 apartments and 11 single-family houses at the corner of Airport Road and Franklin Avenue, a plan approved by the Albany Planning Commission in August 2020?

Oregon bill on housing and homeless falls short

Written March 11th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

Leaders in the Oregon legislature say they want to encourage more housing to be built and to reduce the number of homeless people. That’s what they say, but their legislation does nothing to achieve that goal.

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.

On the housing front: A home goes in

Written January 31st, 2023 by Hasso Hering

There’s a short block of Water Avenue that’s on my bike-riding route through old Albany’s east end. For the past few months I watched a new dwelling taking shape there which now is finished and for sale.

Affordable housing: A couple of projects

Written December 26th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Everybody these days is talking about the need for affordable housing in Albany. In that connection, a couple of things are going on.

Albany drops ‘family’ from city codes

Written October 17th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

For some reason, the word “family” has become a bad word in connection with housing and zoning, at least in the eyes of the Oregon legislature and the governor.

Riverfront beat: Taking a look at The Banks

Written October 3rd, 2022 by Hasso Hering

They’ve installed bike racks at The Banks, the 120-unit apartment complex under construction on the Willamette River near Bowman Park in Albany. So things are looking up.

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