A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Two Albany ODOT projects: Why the delay

Written August 6th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Work on two highway safety projects in Albany seems to have stalled. The reason will sound familiar.

A change is coming at former Izzy’s address

Written May 30th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

On Facebook the other day, some people were surprised that Izzy’s restaurant at 2115 S.W. Pacific was no longer in business. But it hasn’t been around for a quite a while.

Browsers’ Reborn: Revival of a bookstore

Written April 20th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

From the outside, Browsers’ Bookstore at 1425 S.E. Pacific Blvd. looks about the same. But step inside and you will be astonished at how the place has changed.

What’s going in there? Now we know

Written March 4th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

For more than three years, passers-by have been wondering what was going in at this address on busy Pacific Boulevard in Albany. This week we got the answer when wall signs started going up.

Changes coming on Santiam and Pacific

Written January 14th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

I  took this photo on a Sunday in February 2020, after ODOT announced plans to work on the busy Albany intersection of Waverly Drive and Santiam Highway. Now the department is getting ready to carry out that and another Albany project at an estimated combined cost of nearly $6 million.

Riding in the ‘bike gutter’: Clean but risky

Written October 29th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Watching a video on urban planning and transportation the other day, I heard the presenter refer to “bike gutters.” What did he mean?

Seen up close, those sewer grates are safe

Written January 9th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Friday’s short video tour of bike lanes along Highways 20 and 99E (Albany’s Santiam Highway and Pacific Boulevard) caused a least a couple of viewers to worry about the sewer grates as they flashed by.

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