HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Those old iron rails: Keep them, or what?

Written January 5th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

The news is mostly bad and getting worse, so let’s consider something completely different: What should Albany do with the remnants of long-abandoned railroad tracks in its streets?


Small mystery: How come this puddle?

Written December 13th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

Has it come to this — a story about an Albany puddle? Apparently so. But it’s a special puddle because in its silent way it poses a question: Why is it there?


Checking for problems along the track

Written September 29th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

It is mid-day on Tuesday, and this is one small part of the passing Albany scene: The Portland & Western is doing a routine track inspection on the Water Avenue line.


Riverfront project: Albany candidates answer

Written September 25th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

Whether the multimillion-dollar Albany Waterfront Project gets off the ground, and to what extent, will be up to the city council in office next year. At this point the project has the support of both candidates for mayor but only three of the seven running for the council.


Water Ave.: A future ‘plaza street’ in the smoke

Written September 12th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

Here we’re looking at the west end of Albany’s Water Avenue, shrouded in wildfire smoke on Saturday afternoon. Now try to imagine this as a “plaza street” where traffic can be blocked for street fairs, the farmers’ market, or other public events. This — the plaza street idea — may survive as the only part […]


Riverfront designs: a chance to speak up

Written May 30th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

Since it’s raining, this may be a good time to check out the various concepts Albany’s consultants have worked up for redoing the Willamette riverfront. And then to let them know what you think.


It’s not corona; no, it’s just asphalt

Written April 7th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

New paving may not sound like an earthshaking development, but during these Days of Corona, if something has nothing to do with the virus it should be worth at least a brief look.


 
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