Foster United has reviewed the latest Foster Corridor Investment Strategy materials and we’re excited to give you a taste of what’s to come. This is just a snapshot, and there are many, many more ideas to discuss (see all five presentations: Utilities, Green Stuff, Buildings, Business, Transportation). If you are at all interested in the ideas below, or if you have ideas of your own, please mark your calendars and attend the October 10th, Open House.
Note that the FLIP files are light on details. Some of our commentary below is pure speculation, and we look forward to asking questions to the planners at the official event.
Re-Brand the I-205 Trail
The best trails in Portland have bold names and identities: The Springwater Corridor, The Eastside Esplanade, The Sullivan’s Gulch Trail. Our trail is named after a freeway. The I-205 trail has an identity problem. While partnerships with Friends of Trees has lead to 5,000 new trees along the trail to create a nature-filled oasis, the name invokes thoughts of bumper-to-bumper traffic and auto exhaust. Some have called it the Woodie Guthrie trail, others don’t even know it exists. Please, lets call it anything other than the “I-205 Multi-Use Path.”
The Wikman-Arleta Building
The Foster area has an amazing opportunity to reclaim a community resource. Originally built by the community in 1919, and later gifted to Multnomah County, today we have a chance for it to be gifted back to us! The FLIP team recognizes this chance to create something special. This process is at hand right now, so if you have good ideas for the building, please contact the Wikman-Arleta Building Project.
Transform the Triangles
Being a diagonal street is a blessing and a curse for Foster Road. One of the results is that we have all sorts of triangle-shaped property lots. While these are not quite as simple to build on as a regular rectangular lot, the dramatic, funky, and character-filled result is exactly what we need to stand out. We can either do that, or micro-parks. Your pick.
Green Corridors and Green Nodes
Foster, 92nd, Holgate, Woodstock, 72nd, Raymond. These streets are all envisioned as Green Corridors, where a park-like atmosphere is created through trees, landscaping, and other amenities. These designations align with PBOT’s neighborhood greenways (see our earlier reporting on 20mph greenway streets), as well as the Planing Bureau’s concept of “Civic Corridors.” More trees, more songbirds, less concrete.
82nd & Foster District
Unsatisfied with the ‘crossroads district’ of two busy streets surrounded by big box stores, the FLIP team presents the idea of transforming the parking lots of 82nd & Foster into a conventional urban street grid, with close-to-the-street buildings. This new district would compliment the Lents Town Center as a second strong retail district node along the Foster corridor. This is a Big Idea with a capital B, and if you like it, let them know.
What do you think about these ideas? Is the FLIP team on the right track? Do you have new ideas the pros haven’t even dreamed of? Bring them to the open house, or post them below and we’ll make sure they get recorded.
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