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.
Editor, Chief, IntrovertNoelle K Labrousse is a Mother, Writer, and business ownerwith 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.
Photographer, ContributorTamra, 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".
ContributorBiker, 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.
ContributorNick 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. He and his wife moved into the neighborhood 2.5 years ago, and you can see them around working on their fixer house, playing pool (poorly) at the Lions Eye tavern and volunteering at the Community Tool Library. He's excited to watch Foster grow and prosper and wants to help however he can.
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.