Walk About Foster
Dr. Angela Cortal
The neighborhoods around Foster Road are great for getting out and walking around. Although there’s some less-than scenic routes (crossing under I-205 or traveling by foot up or down 82nd Ave come to mind), walking to your errands, food and entertainment is overall very easy and enjoyable.
With all this frozen weather descending upon Portland recently, I loved being able to still get around to the nearby stores and restaurants without having to scrape the car down and worry about driving with fellow Portlanders in the snow (we just don’t learn to drive in the snow- don’t blame us, blame our temperate climate-living ancestors).
For the last three housing moves I’ve made over the last six years, I’ve always scoped out the walk-ability of the potential homes on Walk Score before moving in. It has so many easy to navigate features to help you quickly and easily find walking routes as well as new ideas to get around your neighborhood on foot. I thought I’d share this resource for you to explore and use when crummy weather-induced cabin fever sets in.
You can look up your address’ Walk Score by clicking here. From there, you can plot out your commute and are given travel times and routes based on mode of transportation. You can get all the potential walking routes to your closest restaurants and other local businesses (but also parks, schools and car and bike shares) and also see the walk-ability of your neighborhood compared to others in Portland.
As an example, my place of work has a Walk Score of 78. The score is 0 to 100, with 100 being the very most walkable locale possible. I also got a Transit Score of 53 (there are three bus lines a stone’s throw away) and a Bike Score of 84. Being right off the Gladstone/Center St and 58th/60th Ave bikeways (and right down the road from Meticon Bikes), I did have some idea about how bike-friendly my neighborhood is.
Overall, the Foster-Powell neighborhood has a Walk Score of 76, which seems ok (well, if it was a grade I guess it’d be a C)- though in comparison, it ranks all the way down at #26 in terms of most walkable neighborhoods in Portland. The top 5 are no-brainers: Downtown, Hollywood, Pearl District, Old Town/Chinatown and the Northwest.
So this means we’re fairly walkable but obviously have room for improvement. If you’d like to have an even more walkable neighborhood features in the future, get your voice heard by letting the Foster-Lents Integration Partnership know of your values and priorities. Give your opinions online or in person at their last public Open House happening in a month.
Whether you walk, skip or moon walk around the neighborhood, keep it up, keep it active and keep it local.
Angela Cortal, ND is a Naturopathic Doctor who runs Rose City Health Clinic, a healthcare practice in the Foster-Powell neighborhood. She is as passionate about her neighborhood and community involvement as well as health and wellness. During the day she helps patients with a wide variety of health issues (cardiovascular disease, diabetes, anxiety, depression and thyroid concerns ) with a focus on natural stress management and relief. During the off time she enjoys gardening, biking around the neighborhood and hiking in the Columbia River Gorge. Please see rosecityhealth.com to learn more about her and her practice.