Open for two years, The Porch still feels like a secret

The South Tabor neighborhood is a great family-oriented area that is long on charm but short on places to walk for coffee or conversation.

But four (or five) mornings a week, tucked away on Kelly Street near 67th, there’s a great place to get caffeinated, muffined or wifi’d.

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Could Your Alley Be This Awesome?

AA_onBlackFor the last few months, PSU grad students have been working hand-in-hand with Foster area neighbors in Lents, Mt. Scott-Arleta and Foster-Powell to learn about the struggles and benefits of living next to an alleyway. They’ve gathered your stories, concerns and ideas, and explored what opportunities existed to build on the strengths and overcome the problems. What they’ve come up with might knock your socks off. Check out some of the ‘visions’ they’ve created as inspiration: (more…)

May Election Reminders

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“I have just received the following wire from my generous Daddy. It says, Dear Jack: Don’t buy a single vote more than is necessary. I’ll be damned if I am going to pay for a landslide.” – John F. Kennedy

 

Ballots are now in everyone’s hands –or at least sitting in a pile of mail somewhere –and the deadline to return them is less than two weeks out. (more…)

Do you have ideas for the neighborhood? Foster Green wants to hear about it.

Have you ever had an idea for a local project you’d like to see? Maybe a mural? maybe a community garden, maybe a community event?

Foster Green wants to hear about your ideas, and help you bring them to reality. All you have to do is share your idea with the Foster Green EcoDistrict Steering Committee to get the discussion rolling.

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Examples of community projects supported by the EcoDistrict include the redesign of Laurelwood Park, and the Alley Allies alley improvement project.

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Sunday Parkways Comes to Foster

sundayEvery year for the last 3 years, Portland has done something crazy: they open a loop of streets  for everyone in the neighborhoods to enjoy. This Sunday (Mothers Day!) is the first one of the 2013 season, and it’s in our neck of the woods.

For this one day from 11 am – 4 pm, car access is blocked or controlled along the route, and the full street is available for neighbors to roll, walk, skate, bike and jog. The Loop goes from park to park on quiet streets and bikeways called Neighborhood Greenways.  The east Portland loop is takes advantage of the awesome Springwater Corridor for about 1/4 of the route. Each park is filled with activities, vendors, food, and information. (more…)

Foster’s Covered Bridge

Move over Madison County… Foster Road has its own covered bridge.

The little-known charmer is tucked away on SE Deardorff Road, just a few blocks south of Foster and 134th Avenue. It was the brainchild of two legendary Portlanders: neighborhood activist Lea Wikman and Multnomah County Executive Don Clark.

In truth, it’s not a “real” covered bridge, in that the roadbed isn’t supported by a wooden truss. It’s actually a modern steel-girder roadway with a wood-beam covering built over the top. It’s also not old, being built and opened in 1982.

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The Rise of 82nd Avenue

Advocates and neighbors are gearing up to talk about 82nd avenue this Saturday, and if you live with/love/hate all that is 82nd, you should think about coming. The 82nd Community Forum will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 4, in the Madison High School cafeteria, 2735 N.E. 82nd Ave. It’s free and open to the public but registration is required due to space constraints.

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