For the last few months, PSU grad students have been working hand-in-hand with Foster area neighbors in Lents, Mt. Scott-Arleta and Foster-Powell to learn about the struggles and benefits of living next to an alleyway. They’ve gathered your stories, concerns and ideas, and explored what opportunities existed to build on the strengths and overcome the problems. What they’ve come up with might knock your socks off. Check out some of the ‘visions’ they’ve created as inspiration:
They’re getting ready to share a draft of their final report, The Alley Allies Guidebook, and they want to make sure they are on the right track. Swing by Bar Carlo this Saturday sometime from 10-noon for a quick chat with the team.
To be clear, these images are just potential concepts. The toolkit wont presenting specific proposals for projects, but rather a pathways for you to help make this happen. Nothing is going to happen to your alley unless your and your neighbors get together and make it happen. But you can do something, and this toolkit will show you how.
What: Alley Allies Toolkit Vetting
Where: Bar Carlo, 6433 SE Foster Rd.
When: Saturday, May 18, 10am-12pm
Why: Get a sneak preview of the Guidebook and let us know whether we’re on track
As the project wraps up, follow along through their Facebook page and learn about their past process and neighborhood involvement from their website. The Alley Allies project is sponsored by the Foster Green EcoDistrict, and was made possible through financial support from the Foster-Powell, Mt. Scott-Arleta, and Lents Neighborhood Associations.
Every 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…)
Neighborhood Coalition Group the Foster Green EcoDistrict has hit the ground running with active projects this week, the first being a community-driven plan to “refresh” Laurelwood Park. The triangle-shaped .42 acre park is a quiet gem in our neighborhoods, and remains underutilized outside of large events such as Fun on Foster. This vision will be the stepping stone to ask for funding for implementation, and it is important to have broad community support and input. Do you have new ideas for Laurelwood Park? Want to see it stay the same? Please attend this meeting and make sure your voice is heard. (more…)
Many Foster folks don’t know the name of “Rose CDC,” but they know the work Rose has done in our area.
Rose Community Development Corporation built the new playground at Marysville School. They’ve hosted workshops for first-time homebuyers and for homeowners facing foreclosure. They’ve been key players in the Lents Urban Renewal Area, the East Portland Action Plan and the Wickman Community Center projects, to name just a few.
And they’ve converted dozens of run-down apartments into beautiful, stable homes that elevate our neighborhoods instead of diminishing them. (more…)