The Foster Road Streetscape Plan is almost done. The City has shown their official options and in a few months the vision of the New Foster Road, whatever it looks like, will be adopted by City Council.
But people won’t stop talking about the bike lanes.
Disclaimer: The decision between 4 and 3 lanes has not yet been made. The City held an open house in June to hear from the neighbors, and the ultimate call will only be made once that information is available.
The City of Portland is hosting a SUPER OPEN HOUSE tomorrow night to share and gather information about two major plans going on along Foster Road. We know these are kind of boring, and we know you have other things you’d rather do, but if one day you look out your window and see stuff you didn’t like, don’t tell us we didn’t warn you.
Here’s a sneak peak of what you’ll talk about: (more…)
Project Overview: We are 3/4 through a process to update the Foster Streetscape Plan originally created in 2003. The update aims to explore the possibility of accommodating a future streetcar, improving safety for everyone, and providing a bikeway along the street. All of these objectives are in response to recent citywide plans. One potential strategy to achieving these goals is the reconfiguration the street from a 4-lane arterial to a 3-lane arterial design. The idea of this change is a source of some controversy.
The latest Advisory Committee meeting was packed with information about the impacts of various streetscape proposals. We learned a lot, and I wanted to share my summary of the details from the meeting. I can’t stress enough that the analysis results presented below are preliminary and incomplete. For example, results showing impacts in the evening may be different when analyzed for the morning hours, so take some of this with a grain of salt. (more…)
While we’re still in the midst of discussions about the future of Foster Road, the whispers of improving another street in need are just beginning. If neighborhood activists get their way, 82nd Avenue will be next on the list for a major revamp.
For better or for worse, Foster neighborhoods are also 82nd Avenue neighborhoods. Foster-Powell’s unique shape means that half of their population lives about 1/2 mile from 82nd Ave. One of Mt. Scott-Arleta’s most beloved bars, the Lion’s Eye, fronts 82nd Ave. And Lents, in it’s quest to be the Town Center of the future, needs to bring people across the 82nd divide. This can be challenging given the physical barrier the street poses.
The Portland Bureau of transportation has unveiled their list of options for the Foster Road Streetscape. Keep in mind that these are not final, and we are not limited to what is shown here. I wish it were a simpler task, but the given all of the factors at play we’re left with a fairly large set of 14 options. (Even beyond this list, each option can be tweaked and adjusted into more permutations, not to mention options not even included in their analysis.)
I’ve presented all of their options below for you to look at, but the bottom line is this: we don’t have enough information to decide. (more…)
The passing of Halloween marks the coming of the dark months and with them, a welcomed chest full of cozy comforts to wrap up in until the push of spring daffodils break the ground. Bubbling crock pots, hot toddies and close friends warm the belly and soul while the rain falls and the nights are long. Light summer reads are traded for old classics and poetry, mellow music, and firelight. And so begins the season of deep thought and drinking to lull us through the holiday marathon ahead. (more…)
I must have been busy when the Willamette Week released the 2012/13 edition of the Finder a couple months ago. If you’re not familiar with the Finder, it’s a glossy magazine “Guide to Portland.” The Willamette Week has been putting these together for years, and they serve as a good introduction to what’s hip in Portland. When friends move to Portland I usually throw a Finder at them to help them get up to speed. (more…)
Many Foster-area neighborhoods have boosted their identities through branding and the use of logos. But what about Foster Road as a whole?
Branding is, no doubt, a key component to a thriving commercial district. A recent article by Neighborhood Notes, part of a series on changing perceptions of your neighborhood and/or business district, discusses how neighborhood groups can go about launching their brand while also engaging the community and creating identity.
In past articles, the series has covered how to address negative perceptions of your neighborhood, as well as ways to overcome and change those perceptions through branding. As we’ve seen in the Lents Town Center, logos can go a long way in creating a brand, and the LTC logo has a strong ability to connect a visual cue to the area it represents. Other neighborhoods along Foster have had varying degrees of success with their branding, while others continue to strive for a stronger identity.
If Foster Road is the spine of our neighborhoods, then the small neighborhood streets are the bones. They are where we walk our dogs, where we jog, how we get to our parks and how we visit our businesses. They make up the majority of our streets, and they can dramatically impact the livability of where we call home. A major new initiative has come through legislation with very real impacts on how we use our streets: 20 MPH neighborhood greenways.
Most of you have probably seen the series of white bicycle markings on some of our local streets in the Foster area (except for the neighborhoods south of Foster, more on that later). These streets represent what the City of Portland calls neighborhood greenways. They are designed to be relaxing, “low car” streets, where car volumes and speeds are managed to improve safety for neighbors traveling through. They are particularly comfortable for people to travel on by bike (hence the symbols), and make walking along and crossing the street a more pleasant experience. (more…)
If Foster United were to mirror the energy and community effort in the Foster area, we’ll have accomplished our goal. In our first week, that mirror might have reflected both ways. While we had a lot of news and events to report, we also received a lot of good press and attention in return, making the efforts of Foster area residents that much more visible and recognized. To you, fine folks of Foster, I say, “Kudos, keep up the good work.” (more…)
It’s that time again, and Foster Art Night(FAN) is upon us. Just to recap: every third Saturday of the month, art and libations, and a nice jaunt down Foster. While FAN is still looking to expand by adding more artists, getting more participation from local businesses, and getting a larger street presence (hint: vendors, musicians…please join us), it is still a fun way to enjoy the Foster landscape between the Slingshot Lounge and O’Malley’s…even if it’s mostly to get a pint and browse the art adorning the walls of some of our fine bars.
There’s more, though. It isn’t just a pub crawl with the happenstance of art on the walls. Rather, it’s a way to promote more community engagement and the arts simultaneously. Too, local residents and business owners are offering up their space to further the cause. Take the Foster Road Salon, for example. Housed above Bob and Alice’s, this space has become the scene of readings, mingling, drinking, and a nicely curated apartment. And this month, two more spaces are being offered for the art-walking, Foster-loving denizens. The Day Theater, in collaboration with the Southeast Church, will be hosting music, arts and crafts, and…yes, the unveiling of the Foster Art Night IPA. And not to be outdone, N.W.I.P.A., barely open for a week now, is busting out with a collection of art from Nine Dejanvier just in time for FAN. And if a tasty beer and charcuterie plate wasn’t enough.
Again, FAN is still expanding, and the more energy involved, the better…so don’t be shy.
Alex Krebs Tango Berretin www.tangoberretin.com Who are you? Reed graduate turned tango junkie: tango dancer, teacher, bandoneon player/band leader, owner of Tango Berretin. What do you do? Dance, teach, run my studio, play music with my tango quartet and my gypsy brass band (www.gypsybrass.com) What is your inspiration? (Why do … Continue reading →
Foster Corridor Investment Strategy—Project Update (from the PDC) Posted on July 25, 2012 The following letter was written by PDC Project Manager, Kevin Cronin, in response to the PDC’s recent open house introducing the Foster Corridor Investment Strategy to the community. The letter touches on the goals of the Foster Lents Integration … Continue reading →