A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Seen from the path: A few questions

Written August 13th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

On Sunday night I was surprised to see an elaborate inscription on the Albany railroad bridge. The center pier had acquired a word of some kind, a vertical string of graffiti that poses a number of questions.

At Takena Landing, checking out a theft of burls

Written July 29th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

City Manager Peter Troedsson told the Albany City Council in his weekly “Friday Report” about a case of tree vandalism and theft in Takena Landing Park. Saturday I took a ride along the park’s Eagle Trail to see for myself.

Weird vandalism: What’ll they think of next?

Written June 17th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

For the first time in months I rode a bike on the trails at Talking Water Gardens on Friday and came across a partly — and weirdly — painted wooden footbridge.

Where the need to clean up never ends

Written May 27th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

Riding the bike on the Periwinkle Bikepath extension behind Lowe’s was easy Saturday because for once, nobody was camped on the path itself.

A chance to learn something, destroyed!

Written December 7th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

For eight years people ambling along the Crox Creek Path in Albany have been able to read about the history of the area and the creekside land restoration project there. Until now.

Once again, this path attracts vandals

Written November 10th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Every few weeks a bike ride takes me along the paved path behind Lowe’s in Albany, between the store property and the heavily wooded channel containing Periwinkle Creek.

The threat of surveillance: Does it work?

Written April 20th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

When I saw those warnings posted on the Periwinkle Creek Path earlier this month, no trash or graffiti were in sight, making it look as though the threat of being surveilled had stayed the vandals’ hand. Another look today showed that, alas, the defilers of public spaces are not so easily deterred. The parks department […]

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