A Brief History of Foster

I’ve been doing a little research into the history of Foster Road and one thing stands out above all: it is always changing. Every 50 years or so there is a shift in who, how and what Foster Road serves.

Come to the open house tonight to see what the next 50 years could mean for Foster.

Foster Road Open House
Dec. 5th, 6-8 pm, SE Works (79th & Foster)

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4 Responses to A Brief History of Foster

  1. David Cary says:

    Not able to make the party on the 5th, but am real curious about what section of Foster all these plans cover. Being from Gresham I am concerned about conditions from 205 and east to Gresham. But I’m thinking that Portland planners often don’t know anything exists east of 205. What part of Foster are we talking about?

    • Nick FalboNick Falbo says:

      Thanks for asking David. This project covers only the western part of Foster from 50th to 88th.

      The project limits aren’t due to any intentional exclusion of east Portand, a separate project was recently completed in Lents Town Center from 88th to around 100th. The City has a project planned in the future along Foster from 100th to 120th, as well as one from 136th to Jenne Road.

      Do you have specific concerns about Foster in east Portland you’d like to see addressed?

  2. Jamie Melton says:

    Hi Nick,

    It is cool how you have been doing research on the history of Foster Road and I presume, surrounding areas. I wish I could have attended a Foster Street Streetscape plan meeting, sounds really exciting. Just a quick question:

    In your research, have you found old photos or articles of what once was?

    The reason I am asking is because part of The Portland Mercado’s cultural programming and art plan is to show how the Mercado fits into the neighborhood. We would like to to have a small permanent historical exhibit of the history of the neighborhood with photos and captions. Might you have any insight on how we could get our hands on some documents or photos that would help create this piece?

    Thanks so much,


    • Cora Potter says:

      Hi Jamie,

      If you contact the Oregon Historical Society photos/records department, they’re often able to look up and send scans of various images and documents that they find – and they’re pretty good at finding particular areas or intersections.

      They do ask for licensing fees if you choose to publish the images or do a public display. They’re pretty reasonable though.

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