Depaving Foster, one Lot at at Time

 Depave is the local pavement-to-soil non profit, and this year they're coming to Foster in a big way. Two major events are happening this month, and the more bodies the merrier. The first is at Wild Lilac Development Community, the second at the Portland Mercado.

Depave projects are fun, friendly, and a great way to help improve your neighborhood. Depave will provide all the necessary tools, safety gear, snacks and lunch.

Past Projects

Depave isn't new to Foster, they helped with the Our Happy Block project near 82nd & Woodstock back in 2012. The project transformed a cut-through expanse of parking lot into a pleasant green oasis.


Depaving Wild Lilac

They're back again this weekend with a project at the Wild Lilac Child Development Community, located at 74th & Center. The project will transform the vast parking lot into a food-growing community garden, and make this entrance to the property much nicer to look at.

Depaving Wild Lilac
July 12th
10 am- 2:30 pm
3829 SE 74th Ave


Depaving the Portland Mercado

The second depave event on Foster is a big one: The Portland Mercado.

While the contractors are working on the interior and exterior of the soon-to-be Portland Mercado on 72nd & Foster, they've enlisted Depave and the neighbors to prep the weed infested parking lot into a green growing plaza. Read more at the Portland Mercado blog.

Depaving the Portland Mercado
July 26th
10 am- 3:00 pm
72nd & Foster

The Portland Mercado event is bigger than the usual Depave gathering, and it's sure to be the biggest depave project of the season. Please RSVP to the event to make sure depave and the Portland Mercado brings enough materials and food for everyone. Join and share the Facebook Event posting to spread the word.

Public Invited to Todays NAYA Generations Project Launch

The old Foster Elementary School site in Lents has been empty for years, but a coalition of community groups has come together to create something innovative and new on the property.



Foster, your Street Card is here

10354952_661364017282014_536251139831972226_n The Foster Street Card has arrived! This is the first in a series of fun simple ways we can come together to promote our favorite coffee shop, art shop, game shop, and whatnot. 

Pick up your handy dandy lovely card at any of the following locations and support your favorite local spots.

I’ve Been Framed : 4950 SE Foster Road

Pieper Cafe : 6504 SE Foster Road

Red Castle Games : 6406 SE Foster Road

Salon Mojo : 5820 SE Foster Road

Meticon Bikes : 5927 SE Foster Road

Torta-landia : 4144 SE 60th

Gemini Lounge : 6526 SE Foster Road

Bar Maven : 6219 SE Foster Road

Six Teams Enter, One Team Wins: Southeast Kickball Tournament

Kickball FlyerSometimes a little friendly competition is all you need to bring people together. Well, it's ON!

The brainchild of the Mt. Scott-Arleta Neighborhood Association, and funded via a Creative Engagement Grant through SE Uplift, the area-wide event sets up an SE Portland competition of kickball skills.

SE_PDX_Kickball_MAP_600pxThe  Bracket:

Arranged in an east vs west setup, Creston-Kenilworth will face off against Woodstock on Saturday, July 19th from 2-4 pm at Woodstock Park . The winner will take on Brentwood-Darlington a week later in the bid to represent the western teams on Saturday, July 26 from 2-4pm at Brentwood Park.

To the east, we'll see Lents and Foster-Powell battle on Sunday, July 20th from 2-4pm at Kern Park. The winner will compete with Mt. Scott-Arleta on Sunday, July 26 from 2-4pm at Lents Park.

It all comes to a head on Saturday, August 2nd from 2-4 pm at Arleta School, when the championship match names a winner. 

Want to compete but don't know what neighborhood you live in? Here's a general map above, but if you live on the dividing lines you may need to check out the details on

It looks like there will be a $5 suggested donation to help defray some of the costs to the neighborhood associations. No one will be turned away.

FAN fun

Foster Art Night is back this Saturday. If you have the energy after a day of Garden Tour bliss, we urge you to take the FAN stroll and pick up your Foster Street Card.

CoverCard-01The discount card is free for neighbors and friends to frequent and discover shops, services, and restaurants along the Foster Strip. Salon Mojo is generously hosting our open house to kick off the FAN season. Stop in for refreshments, chit chat, and pick up your street card while you're at it. 

We are looking forward to another great Summer of neighborly fun, art, and inspiration.


Lents Grown – Our Stories: Deadline this week to nominate a local business

Every small business has a story, and now Rose Community Development and local architects Propel Studio are teaming up with the PDC to tell some of them.

Lents_Grown_-_Our_Stories-2This Friday is the deadline to nominate a local business to be featured in the Lents Grown - Our Stories project. The project involves a temporary art and public-gathering space on a PDC-owned vacant lot at Foster and 88th Ave.

Young people working through Portland Youth Builders will create the installation, which will feature photos and stories that focus on local small businesses. PDC kicked in $7500 to help make the project happen.

Rose staffer Luke Bonham says that locals are encouraged to nominate their favorite local small business or farmer's market vendors to be featured in the installation.

Nominations can be submitted here.

Streetscape Approved 5-0

Yesterday the City Council approved the Foster Streetscape Plan, greenlighting $5.25 million in pedestrian safety improvements for Foster Road between 50th and 90th Avenues.

The unanimous vote comes after more than a decade of activism by neighborhood leaders and small business people seeking to make Foster Road safer for pedestrians, bicyclists and transit users.

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The most controversial element of the plan is the "road diet" that would shrink the street's profile for 24 blocks of the 40 block project area. The current configuration has two travel lanes in each direction. Once completed, the new profile would have a single travel lane in each direction, plus a center turn lane. The additional space would also allow bike lanes in both directions.