Foster Corridor Investment Strategy Open House #2
DATE: Wednesday, October 10, 2012
LOCATION: Lents Masonic Lodge, 5811 SE 92nd Ave
TIME: DOORS ARE OPEN – 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM; PROGRAM STARTS – 5:45 PM
I know what you’re thinking, “Another Open House?! I just went to one the other day and sat on my ass eating cheap Costco party food.”
That’s true, you did, and we did too. And you know what, apparently we went to the wrong one. That last one was the boring one, this next one they promise, will be waaaay cooler.
When the first FLIP open house tried to open up the conversation with the neighborhood about the potential projects in the area, they totally missed the mark. Their presentation was devoid of concrete substance, and the presenters talked about frameworks, and processes and systems. In other words, shit people don’t care about.
But not this time. This time they’re going to talk about real, concrete ideas. This time they want to talk about how your neighborhood is going to change. Here are a few ideas they are going to throw your way:
- New parks east of I-205
- New buildings on Foster
- (Potential) redevelopment of Mt Scott Fuel site
- The Portland Mercado
- A potential lane reduction on Foster Road
- And much, much more (See our SNEAK PEEK post featuring 5 FLIP ideas)
The open house is going to start at 5:45 with a brief presentation to catch people up who missed the first meeting. If you went to the first meeting you don’t need to show up right on time.
At 6:15, they’ll quickly present their concept ideas, and just as quickly break into groups to get feedback. This meeting is going to be interactive. They want you to share and they need your ideas.
There are three things you need to do to leave the meeting feeling good about yourself as an active neighborhood resident:
- Tell them when it sucks. please, don’t let them pursue crappy ideas in our neighborhood.
- Tell them when it’s great, to make sure the good ideas float to the top. (This is particularly important when other neighbors tell them it sucks. As a bonus, it really confuses the planners).
- Tell them what they missed. The planners have been talking with neighbors, businesses and community groups to devise their list of ideas, but they couldn’t possibly have thought of everything. Bring your list of cool project ideas, or bounce new ideas off of the ones you’ll see. The more ideas, the better.
And if all that doesn’t get you to the open house, let me remind you that the newly opened Eagle Eye Tavern is one block away. After the Open House, celebrate the coolness of our little neighborhoods over a beer and pool. (And cheese sticks… I always eat waaay too many cheese sticks when I go there.)