HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

A praying mantis on that distant roof?

Written January 29th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

What’s that odd-looking yellow contraption up on the roof in the distance? It caught my eye on Jan. 25 as I was standing under the Pacific Boulevard viaduct in Albany and looking around.


Rocks in a hard place: No more camping

Written October 24th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Some 522 tons of rocks and boulders have put a stop — for now at least — to a longstanding problem: Squatters camping under the Pacific Boulevard viaduct in Albany where Jackson Street and Seventh Avenue meet.


Area cleaned up by — guess who?

Written January 31st, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The Swanson Path and surrounding grounds, which only a week ago had been a mess of discarded blankets and other trash, has been cleaned up, and you’ll be astonished to learn by whom.


Costly pathway turns into trashy walk

Written January 22nd, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Sometimes you get the feeling it makes no sense to spend big money on public improvements as long as vandals and vagrants remain free — and motivated, if that’s the right word — to ruin them with spray paint and trash.


The cleanup never ends

Written January 23rd, 2018 by Hasso Hering

The wasteland under the Pacific Boulevard viaduct is not exactly Albany’s garden spot. Vagrants have turned it into a dump where repeated cleanups have to be done.


Station-Swanson link: the last piece

Written May 11th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

For a few weeks now, a contractor for ODOT has been building a new walking or “multi-use” link between Albany Station and Swanson Park underneath the Pacific Boulevard overpass. As the last piece of the depot renovation it’s a welcome development, even though it also makes you wonder about transportation priorities.


 
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