IconWhat Would You Like To See?

Have you ever looked at the empty lots around the neighborhood and had a brilliant idea for what it could be used for? Finally someone who can do something about it wants to hear your ideas.

The PDC has control of many empty lots on their hands, such as 72nd & Foster, and a handful of sites in the Lents Town Center, near 92nd & Foster. While the PDC has got big plans and bold visions for most parcels, some sites are just awaiting a creative spark to figure out how to best use them today.

They’ve teamed up with a socially conscious web developer to use WWYLTS.com for collecting and voting on ideas. The site is designed to “bridge the gap between business owners and community members.”

Here off Foster, the objective of the “What Would You Like To See?” website is to identify potential “interim uses” for specific sites until they are ready for redevelopment.

What exactly is “interim” or “temporary” is not specified, so the current ideas range the gamut from “community garden” to “grocery store.” Clearly, a newly built grocery store is a step beyond temporary, but maybe a simple setup like the Portland Fruit Company has at 82nd & Foster could be considered?

Two sites in the Foster area are open for discussion:

93rd & Woodstock


93rd & Woodstock site is at the entrance to the I-205 Multi-Use Path, just blocks from the epicenter of Lents Town Center.


90th & Foster


This triangle shaped lot at 90th & Foster rests right where Foster splits into two.

Both of these sites are awkwardly shaped and not optimally located, because of this, they are not top on the list for redevelopment at this time. But that doesn’t mean they have to sit empty.

The rules are open – so let your imagination run wild. The more ideas the better. Add more at WWYLTS.com


  1. I’m pretty sure the working definition of “temporary” in this case is anything that doesn’t require permits and/or permitting inspections.

    • Aw crap… that seems to be artificially limiting. There is a ton of great ideas out there for interim use of sites, but other cities must have more flexible definitions of “interim”.

      No electricity? No structures?

      Could an off-grid movable structure (food-cart or shipping-container) be considered? Or do we need permits for those too?

  2. Food carts would qualify – it’s just a matter of how involved the improvements would be for the cart, I think they’re willing to do an electric meter and water hook-up like they did for the Farmers’ Market.

    The shipping container is something they’re balking at, but I think we could make an argument that they’re moveable, therefore just like a trailer.

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