A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Creek section cleared of junked carts

Written April 9th, 2024 by Hasso Hering

Last week, this view of Periwinkle Creek in Albany was spoiled by the presence of a bunch of abandoned shopping carts half submerged in the stream. On Tuesday, as you can see, the carts were gone.

How things look on Periwinkle Creek

Written April 5th, 2024 by Hasso Hering

A wooden bridge across Albany’s Periwinkle Creek leads from a dead-end stub of 12th Avenue to the northern end of the Periwinkle Bikepath. The bridge needs work, and so does the creek below.

On shopping carts, Albany tries again

Written March 5th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

It was 13 years ago that Albany passed a law to get rid of abandoned shopping carts. It hasn’t worked. And now the city council is poised to try again.

What this says about some among us

Written December 11th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

What are we looking at here? A legacy of lazy shoppers? A symptom of impatience brought on by Covid-19? Or a sign that the collapse of civilization is closer than we thought?

On Periwinkle Creek, somebody cleaned up!

Written March 18th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Wish I knew who got the shopping carts out of a section of Periwinkle Creek in the last few weeks. I don’t. All I know is that the debris I noticed there a couple of months ago has been removed.

Albany cart law looks like a flop

Written January 19th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

In 2008, the Albany City Council passed a law intended to help return stolen shopping carts to the stores that own them. Almost 11 years later, we can see it hasn’t worked well, if at all.

Unsolved: Shopping cart mess

Written October 12th, 2013 by

If you want to buy a shopping cart, you can find one online for about $150. They are not, in other words, free or even cheap. You would think that stores are concerned about the theft of an item that costs $150 or thereabouts to replace. But so far they haven’t managed to prevent this […]

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