I’m blogging live from the neighborhood association meeting, learning about how we can get funding for the Foster Streetscape: from the Urban Renewal Advisory Committee. This is a critical time for funding; projects are being evaluated and budgets are being debated. What a perfect time to learn more about the proposed Foster Streetscape! The Foster Streetscape is a plan to beautify Foster, and make it safer for pedestrians and cyclists. You can learn more by attending an open house. Here’s the 411:
Date: January 26, 2010
Time: 6-9pm; open house from 6-7, Lents info from 7-8, open house from 8-9
Location: 8835 SE Woodstock (Seventh Day Adventist Church)
To add a bit more back story, about a year and a half ago, Foster was added to the Lents Urban Renewal Area. This is a big deal because the City provides special funding through the URAs. Many favorite places in Portland–the eastbank esplanade, Pioneer Courthouse Square, the South Waterfront district–were revitalized with URA funding. URAs are funded through property taxes. FoPo busnesses along the URA area–out toward Lents–have contributed funding for the Lents URA through property taxes. And yet it seems that most of the funding for the Lents URA will go toward Lents…unless we stick up for FoPo! Your voice, your opinion, and your presence can make the difference. Just show up!
If you are really passionate about this issue, you may want to attend the URAC meeting tomorrow night from 7-9pm at Lents Elementary School, 5105 SE 97th.
PDF of the full Foster Streetscape Plan