A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

How did session lessen ‘housing crisis’?

Written March 17th, 2024 by Hasso Hering

Bike rides in Albany occasionally take me into a new subdivision on the west end of town, where they’ve been building and selling three- and four-bedroom houses since 2019. It’s the 32-lot Takena Estates subdivision. And as I stopped there Saturday to look around, I was thinking about the Oregon “housing crisis” that we hear […]

Why these two houses are so narrow

Written February 12th, 2024 by Hasso Hering

On a bike ride last week, the narrow shape of two houses under construction on Marion Street in southeast Albany caught my eye.

A smarter way to create more housing

Written February 9th, 2024 by Hasso Hering

In Oregon’s quest for more affordable housing, building on vacant or underused land inside cities makes far more sense that expanding urban growth boundaries to gobble up farmland.

Making room for a manufactured home

Written December 19th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

A small old house at the corner of First Avenue and Columbus Street in Albany was vacant for five years. This week it was torn down so a manufactured house can be placed on the lot.

Vacant land on First Avenue sees change

Written September 13th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

There’s a bit of a housing boom happening on long-vacant land in the 600 block of Albany’s East First Avenue, a major traffic route.

Now you can see the footprint of this project

Written September 11th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

In case you were wondering about the long-planned development at Fourth and Calapooia in Albany, another step is now being taken. The foundations for two apartment houses at the corner are being built.

Riverfront beat: Townhouses to replace garage

Written September 9th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

For many years there has been a warehouse or garage at the southeast corner of Hill Street and Water Avenue in Albany. Now a contractor plans to tear it down and replace it with buildings where people will live.

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