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)
Fundraising is rarely as fun as this. Local nonprofit Green Lents (serving Foster area neighborhoods and beyond) is pumping up the volume this Saturday, December 7th to raise money in support of their operations. (more…)
You may have seen the flyer in your mailbox: The 5th Foster Road Open House is happening this Thursday evening.
According to the planners, this should the last one. The first 4 open houses were focused on gathering community input, sharing ideas and hearing responses and concerns. This open house is about what the city came up with. They’ll be taking comments I’m sure, but unless there is a torch and pitchfork mob in attendance they are only expecting to make small changes to the proposal before this goes to council. Think of it as an early warning of sorts – When you see the construction crews out on the ground over the coming years, this is what they are working on. (more…)
Are you a graphic designer or artist? Do you want to leave your mark on the soon-to-be new addition to Foster Road businesses? Here’s your opportunity.
The Hacienda CDC and the Portland Mercado are experts at turning to their communities to get stuff done. The future Portland Mercado embodies this spirit in their association with the Micro Mercantes program for promoting small business, and in their partnership with dePave to do some DIY community-based prep the mercado site later this year.
So it’s no surprise when they want to continue the collaboration with the community to develop the logo/branding for the new latino market.
Here’s their current logo:
For their new design, they are looking for “a logo that will better represent the diversity and vibrancy of the project centered around Latino culture, food and art.”
We know there are some great artist and designers that are hungry to take this on. Read the full RFP for all details and requirements.
The deadline for submissions is 5PM on December 19th, 2013. All submissions including proper attachments must be sent via email to email@example.com by the deadline.
The PDC has a big stake in Foster, with the western stretch of Foster road and Lents Town Center being a part of the Lents Urban Renewal Area. One of the perks of URA status is the opportunity to use local money for local improvements (It’s kind of like Vegas for taxes: What happens in Foster, stays in Foster). Most of the time the PDC spends our money for us on things we identified as important through past plans, such as the Foster Streetscape Plan, Reconstruction of Ramona St, and the Lents Gateway Monuments. Sometimes they use the money to buy up land and tear down buildings in the hope that something better will get built. But every once and a while they come back to the community and make an offer for worthy local applicants. They call this the Community Livability Grant (more…)
tempowaryly: seriously frivolous is a movement performance installation experience which takes place on the full moon weekend in November. It is an abstract rumination on the proclivity to define yet the inability to know, among other things… It is an encompassing engaging piece that floats between the worlds of contemporary/conceptual dance, abstract theater, and performance/visual-art installation.
Co-created and performed by: Jen Hackworth, Rosana Ybarra, and keyon gaskin
Set & Visual elements designed and created by: Nathan Stuart, Russel Terwelp, Rosana Ybarra, and keyon gaskin
Concept: keyon gaskin
tempowaryly: seriously frivolous
Friday-Sunday Nov. 15- 17, 2013 @ 7:37pm (the weekend of the full moon)
Performance Works NorthWest
4625 SE 67th Ave. (Foster/Holgate)
They say “image is everything,” and it no secret that the image of Foster neighborhoods is less than ideal. For years we’ve been known a F****y Flats, and shaking off that nickname is easier said than done. Well, the Lents the Lents Town Center business group is trying to do something about it: rebrand.
Ever dreamt about starting your own food cart? Maybe you’re pining for a spot at Carts on Foster or Cartlandia, or the Holgate & 85th cart pods? Well get your library card ready*, cause have they got the event for you:
From Korean tacos to New York pizza, Portland’s food carts are transforming the way we eat! Join Brett Burmeister, owner and managing editor of foodcartsportland.com, to learn all about the history of Portland food carts as well as information for getting into the food cart business yourself.
The Arleta Triangle at 72nd & Woodstock is an island of community spirit in a sea of asphalt, and this weekend they need your help. Born in 2005, the traffic-island turned oasis has grown into a gathering spot for the neighborhood.
This Saturday, Nov 2nd they’re on round 2 of installing their new canopy roof, and the plan is to wrap up work before the weather turns bad. There are only 10 panels left, and a burst of volunteer effort could make quick work of it.
Specifically, they need: Tall Ladders and Cordless Power Tools (Circular Saw, Drills, Impact Drivers).
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re able to lend a hand for a few hours.
OK, well, it’s a DRAFT of the recommendation, but it’s a start. The Advisory Committee for the Foster Road Streetscape Plan has been meeting for over 10 months now to work with PBOT on an exploration designed to answer one question:
What will Foster Road look like in the future? (more…)
Finally, something is happening with the corner spot of 92nd Ave Row, and man, does it taste great. A juice bar named Fruit Face has opened, and its first few weeks have found a favorable crowd with the sunny weather and farmers market across the street. Think of it like the local Lents version of Jamba Juice.
Lents has been seeking a muralist to adorn the side of Working Class Acupuncture on 92nd Ave. After an open application period 3 finalists were selected: Ed Stastny, The Team of Addie Boswell & Antwoine Thomas, and Liz Harris. Their application samples are shown below. (more…)
Every year the Willamette Week puts out the FINDER, the Willamette Week’s so called “Guide to Portland.” The truth is, it’s not really a resource for those who know the city. Long-time Portlanders don’t need a neighborhood-by-neighborhood guide to fun stuff. But for those new to Portland, (they keep coming every day) the FINDER offers a glimpse of how the media of our local culture interprets and markets our home. (more…)
You’ve heard of Arleta, you know there is a school called Marysville, you know Lents, but how about Lexington Heights? Chicago? Tremont Place? Fruit Vale?
In 1906, you’d be just as likely to refer to your neighborhood by those names, as you do now for Foster-Powell, Mt. Scott-Arleta, or Lents. Our current names are just a matter of chance: The Arleta Library adopted the name of the area at Foster & Holgate, Marysville lived on as the name of the elementary school, and Mr. Lent put his name on almost everything. (more…)
It is sometimes difficult to communicate how great a cycle track (also called a protected bike lane) could be on a street like Foster Road. A regular bike lane is one option for a street redesign as part of the Foster Road Streetscape Plan, but I wonder if something better than a bike lane is more appropriate to serve our neighbors. If we’re going to spend the money to rework the street, lets put in a safe, comfortable protected bikeway that everyone in the neighborhood can feel safe using.
SE Portland animator and civic activist Spencer Boomhower created an interactive animation to help communicate the challenges of biking and driving on Foster Road, what a cycle track could look like on the street, and why it could be better for everyone.
Click through the animation below to learn about the bike lane proposal and see how a cycle track design might serve our neighborhoods better.
Interested in seeing a cycle track as a reality on Foster Road? Next week is another meeting of the Foster Road Streetscape Plan Advisory Committee:
The next Advisory Committee meeting for the project will be Wednesday September 25th from 6-8 pm at SE Works (79th & Foster). The meetings are open to the public and public testimony is welcome at the tail end of the meeting, usually around 7:45.
Update: YouTube Version
Because not everyone can run the special plugin to see the interactive presentation, Spencer has prepared a YouTube version for you to watch: