A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

This used to be a major Albany canal

Written August 27th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

It’s a shame what has happened to one of Albany’s canals, the one that runs down Thurston Street from Seventh Avenue to the Willamette River.

Albany moves to open up street on canal

Written April 26th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Some day in the future, people may be able to walk, ride or even drive along both sides of the Santiam Canal between Fourth Avenue and 12th in Albany. Now they can’t because five segments of the right of way of Vine Street, which flanks the canal on both sides, are blocked.

On Vine Street, a question of blockages

Written March 13th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

The city map of Albany tax lots shows a continuous line of public right of way on both sides of the Santiam Canal from Third Avenue to 12th. But that’s not what you see on the ground.

City may authorize Vine Street blockages

Written December 11th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Vine Street in Albany lines both sides of the Albany-Santiam Canal. Over many years, some property owners have taken over the street right-of-way on one or the other side of the canal, and now the city wants to give them licenses to keep doing so.

Is it running? Checking on Albany Hydro

Written April 11th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Sunday afternoon found the bike and me once again at the gates of Albany’s historic Vine Street water treatment plant and hydropower generating station.

Verdict on two canal bridges: In OK shape

Written April 4th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

With all the talk about America’s supposedly crumbling “infrastructure,” it might be worth noting that inspections have found two 90-year-old bridges on Albany’s Santiam Canal to be in fine shape.

‘Ridiculous, trashy’ barbed wire

Written March 7th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Jim Ketter doesn’t know how much longer his brain tumor will allow him to live. Before he goes, he’d like the city of Albany to do something about the fencing that lines the Santiam Canal.

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