A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Referee approves 80-townhouse land division

Written July 2nd, 2024 by Hasso Hering

As expected, a referee has ruled for the City of Albany in two property owners’ appeal over a planned 80-lot subdivision in North Albany.

Appeal filed in ‘middle housing’ land division

Written May 28th, 2024 by Hasso Hering

Riverwood Crossing, the 22-lot subdivision in North Albany that grew into plans for an 80-lot “middle housing” development, has been held up at least temporarily.

Imagine three hundred houses here instead

Written May 1st, 2024 by Hasso Hering

Albany’s East Thornton Lake Natural Area looks particularly pastoral this spring. The area remains open, with flowers and trees instead of houses and streets, because of the foresight of four city council members in 2010.

Finding out why street is blocked

Written April 23rd, 2024 by Hasso Hering

Sometimes you wonder why something is there. Take, for example, these concrete blocks at the extreme eastern end of Water Avenue in Albany.

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.

Road request in nature area is blocked

Written January 15th, 2024 by Hasso Hering

A land owner’s plan for a road through a southwest Albany nature area to access his landlocked property along the Calapooia River is dead, for now anyway.

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