Better Bus Stops for Lents

I ride the #14 bus a lot. I’m on one of the “end of the line” stops on Foster, and after cruising through inner SE portland you can’t but see the stark contrast in the need and conditions of our built environment.

Screen shot 2013-04-02 at 5.59.35 AMThe Bus stop at 82nd & Foster pictured here,  is one of the highest volume stops on the #14, and it is also one of the ugliest, and potentially dangerous stops on the whole street. Further east on Foster, the stop at 85th pinches neighbors between a chain link fence on one side, and fast moving traffic on the other. There is no bench here, because there is physically no room. (more…)

Join the club

Another great read from Angela Cortal, ND

I like good food.  And I like deals.  What I really like are good deals on great food.  So in my quest for better food at a better value, I bring you the food buying club.

Surely you’ve heard about food buying clubs.  They’re usually organized with one or more homes being the locavore hub.  Others join as members, and everyone goes in on large orders of bulk food.  Usually the kind that costs an arm and a leg in the grocery.  Key words being organic, grass-fed, local, farm-fresh, but that’s no requirement.

What I’d like to do is provide enough information so that if you’ve ever been curious or interested in getting food through these avenues, a few of the “but what about…”s are already taken care of.food_club

First off, the when, where and how much.  There are more than a dozen organized food buying clubs slinging the mega orders of quinoa and collards throughout Portland.  One of the closest to us is Lents Grocery, just blocks off Foster in Lents.  Currently housed in one of its organizers house, all extra funding raised through orders (5% added to purchase cost) goes towards the future creation of a brick-and-mortar Lents Grocery store.

Although I mentioned that food buying clubs are usually run out of someone’s house, a few have now or are planning on transitioning into food co-operatives, such as Know Thy Food (storefront on SE 12th ave in the Brooklyn neighborhood), the Montavilla Food Co-op (in the store planning stages) and Lents Grocery. (more…)

Discount tickets going fast for the Franklin High Benefit Auction!

This year’s Franklin High School Benefit Auction is called “A Passage to India,” and early discount tickets are going fast.

Passage to India


The dinner and auction benefits the Franklin Parent-Teacher-Student Association and the Franklin Foundation’s award-winning Advanced Scholars Program, which has had remarkable success in bringing more low-income students into Advanced Placement, college-track classes.

The benefit auction features gift certificates to many local restaurants, Nike golf gear (possible Father’s Day gift?), local works of art, and some great vacations including trips to:
• a private casita in Loreto, Mexico,
• Sunriver,
• Black Butte Ranch,
• Seabrook on the Washington Coast,
• Cove Palisades Resort on Central Oregon’s Lake Billy Chinook.


The event takes place Saturday April 13, 6pm, at the Ambridge Event Center, 1333 NE MLK Blvd. Buy tickets or get more info here.

From now through April 5, tickets are only $25 –after that they go up to $35. For that price, attendees are treated to an Indian buffet dinner plus free drinks for the first half hour after doors open.

Organizers are also looking for donations of auction items, so if you can help, contact Lisa Zuniga.

Money for Foster, if We Fight For It

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) wants to give us money, but the competition is tough. Their current round of state transportation project funding has identified three projects directly relevant to our Foster neighborhoods, and we’re only going to stand out from the many other projects on the list if we can make our voice heard. That’s where you come in.

Below the project descriptions on this page are three forms, one for each Foster-area project. Please consider filling your contact information and letting ODOT know your interest in seeing one (or all) of these projects funded. (more…)

Brentwood-Darlington Renaissance with Visioning Workshop

Brentwood-Darlington GardenNeighborhood lines get a little fuzzy out here in Fosterland, as our shared interests and concerns trump administrative boundaries any day. One of Foster-area neighborhood nearby is Brentwood-Darlington, which sits south of Duke St, below the Mt. Scott-Arleta neighborhood.

Today, Brentwood-Darlington is seeing a renaissance in neighborhood organizing and advocacy. The neighborhood association, along with Southeast Uplift, is hosting a visioning session to capture this energy and turn it into lasting change. Do you live in or near Brentwood-Darlington? Organizers want to hear from you.

Brentwood-DarlingtonFlyerBrentwood-Darlington Neighborhood-Wide Visioning

April 4th, 7-9 pm
Brentwood-Darlington Community Center
7211 SE 62nd Avenue

Facebook Event Link:

To stay in the loop, like the Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association on Faceboook.

Is Foster the New Hub of Urban Agriculture and Permaculture in SE?

gardenWhether it’s a small backyard garden, an educational farm like Zenger Farms, or an intentional community of like-minded neighbors, it’s clear that something special is happening off Foster Road. Every year we see more and more events and opportunities to get your hands dirty to make a healthier neighborhood and city, and this year is absolutely rocking: (more…)

Foster United Previews the May Elections

The dust has settled from the November 2012 elections and we’re all settling in for a long, politics-free respite.

Well, no.

ballotsThere’s already another election coming up on May 21, and although we won’t have anything nearly as sexy as Obama-Romney, locals will want to pay attention. (more…)

East Portland Neighbors Ride The Woody Guthrie Trail

bikeRideMapTake a ride with your east Portland neighbors this Saturday, as a part of the spring EPAP bike ride series. This group represents you and your neighbors on bikes in East Portland, as a part of the East Portland Action Plan advocacy agenda.

The group starts the ride at the Main St MAX station at 10 AM, and heads south along the I-205 Path (nicknamed “the Woody Guthrie Trail” by some) to end at Clackamas Town Center. Along the way they’ll stop at the various art displays along the path, installed as a part of the MAX green line construction.

If you’re interested in public art, bikes, East Portland politics, or just want to get your bike out of the garage to take a spin with your neighbors, this ride is for you. If you’ve never been on the trail before, it’s a good opportunity to learn how easy it is to get around the neighborhoods without hopping in your car.

Think of it as a practice run for summer.

East Portland Bike Ride
Satruday March 16th, 10 AM
Main St MAX station
About 11 miles long, for all ages and abilities.

Arleta Playground Makeover: Revitalizing Our Play Space

Please join us in welcoming our newest contributor, Eric Kellon. Eric is one of the many parents on a mission to make our schools fun and safe. 


Over the past few months, Arleta has been collaborating with the nonprofit organization Depave on a very exciting opportunity to give our playground a much needed makeover. Input from Arleta parents and staff, in cooperation with the Boosters organization, has been used to develop a potential site plan which will remove portions of blacktop near the existing play structure. The intent of the plan is to populate these cleared spaces with trees, benches and other elements that will improve the appearance and functionality of the overall space. Arleta parents and staff are working closely with the PPS Facilities Department and Depave to develop a plan that meets the following goals:

  • Providing a fun and safe area for kids to play
  • Maximizing functionality of the existing play area
  • Adding educational elements
  • Increasing shade and seating areas
  • Reducing impervious surface area
  • Establishing easy, long-term maintainability