The Mission

The true neighbor will risk his position, his prestige, and even his life for the welfare of others.

– Martin Luther King, Jr.

Foster United is more than a blog.

Foster United is a way to tell the stories of SE Foster Road and its environs, but it’s more than that too.

It’s also a vehicle for local people to stick up for themselves… and a way to translate our collective wisdom into a strategy for moving forward.

We aspire to be an outlet for neighbors & friends, businesspersons, community groups, artists, seniors, activists, photographers, do-gooders, writers, walkers, craftspeople, researchers, visitors, teens, thinkers and anyone else who’s eager to take part in the magic.

Foster United is here to make a statement. Simply put, this community means something to us, and to you. We believe that as the people and businesses that line and neighbor Foster Road grow together and prosper, Portland will shine brighter.





Noelle Labrousse
Editor, Chief, Introvert Noelle K Labrousse is a Mother, Writer, and business owner with an absurd and innate need to promote the little guy. A native to Portland, Labrousse has a keen understanding and commitment to sustainability and the power of community. When she is not on a deadline, Labrousse can be found immersed in a ballgame and hopping around the FoPo with her daughter, Birdie.

Tamra Tiemeyer
Photographer, Contributor Tamra, simply put, has a love affair with the Foster environs’ culturally diverse, rough around the edges, but beautiful within working class neighborhoods. You’ll find her walking, camera in hand, humming Talking Head’s “Naive Melody: I can’t tell one from the other, did I find you, or you find me? There was a time, before we were born, if someone asks, this is where I’ll be, where I’ll be”.

John Mulvey
Contributor Biker, record spinner, trouble… He’s just an all-around bad seed.
Turn-ons: Coaster brakes, black tea. Turn-offs: SUVs, sunshine.
His musings on various subjects, from that cool record he got today to that other cool record he got last week, go here.

Nick Falbo
Contributor Nick is an urban planner and designer torn between his desire for walkable urban life and his love for his house and garden. Thankfully, he can have it all in the Foster area.

Contact Us

We urge you friends, neighbors, lovers, nomads, and all others to contribute. Your ideas, commentary, photos, and passion make our world spin. Please join us here and share your thoughts.

Contact us: info@fosterunited.org


  1. What is the most effective way for the city to hear my voice about how unsafe Foster is for peds and cyclists?
    Thank you,
    Joanne Gatti
    Mt. Scott Arleta neighborhood resident

    • Hi Joanne,

      There are lots of good ways to participate in the conversation about safety on Foster:

      – Write to the new Mayor! mayorhales@portlandoregon.gov

      – Go to the Mt.Scott-Arleta Neighborhood Association meetings and tell them you’d like to be involved with Transportation Safety issues. Meetings are the first Wed of every month, 6:30 at Mt Scott Community Center.

      – Attend meetings of the Foster Streetscape Citizen Advisory Committee. We post info on the meetings here on fosterunited.org and have documents and audio of past meetings here: http://fosterunited.org/reading-room/community-library-2/.

      Any or all of these would be great ways to make your voice heard!


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