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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Alleys, Parks, and You – Community Events this week.

Our neighborhoods are always changing, and two community-oriented events this week are examples of that change. As neighbors we can watch it happen around us, or we can take charge and help put our own fingerprints on the place we call home.

If you haven’t been to one of these events, they’re pretty low key and casual. Swing on by and take a look. (more…)

PPS Candidate Forum Interesting but Disappointing

Last week’s school board candidate forum at Franklin High School provided some interesting insight into the personalities of four of the candidates, but was ultimately disappointing for the lack of substantive information it provided to attendees at the 90-minute event.

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Roger Kirchner, Co-President of the Franklin High School Parent-Teacher-Student Association, helped organize last week’s PPS Candidate Forum.

About 80 people, including an impressive number of students, gathered in the gym last Wednesday evening to hear candidates debate the future of Portland Public Schools. Three of the school board’s seven seats will be decided in next month’s elections.

The forum, which is the only scheduled PPS debate in Southeast Portland this year, was cosponsored by the Cleveland High School PTA and the Franklin High School PTSA. All five candidates for the three PPS Board seats were invited. Pam Knowles, the Zone 5 incumbent who did not draw an opponent in her re-election bid, was a no-show.

The candidates vying to represent Zone 6 were David Morrison and Tom Kohler. Kohler is a small business owner and former Corvallis City Council member who calls our schools  Portland’s “best asset” and emphasized critical thinking skills as an educational goal. (more…)

WWYLTS?

IconWhat Would You Like To See?

Have you ever looked at the empty lots around the neighborhood and had a brilliant idea for what it could be used for? Finally someone who can do something about it wants to hear your ideas.

The PDC has control of many empty lots on their hands, such as 72nd & Foster, and a handful of sites in the Lents Town Center, near 92nd & Foster. While the PDC has got big plans and bold visions for most parcels, some sites are just awaiting a creative spark to figure out how to best use them today. (more…)

ROSE Invites the Community to Help Build a Village

barn_raisingWhen Oregon was still the frontier, people often came together to build the things their towns needed. Today, we don’t build so many barns anymore, but there’s still a need for citizens to bring their energy and skills together to meet community needs.

ROSE Community Development purchased and rehabilitated Bellrose Station in 2010, providing clean and modern housing for 40 area families. The facility, located at 7901 SE 92nd Ave, has a brand new community room and a garden.

Next up on the agenda is a place for Bellrose’s 70 kids to play. Bellrose Station residents have planned a modest playground and are launching a campaign to raise the funds to build it. (more…)