Happy Weekend, Foster People!

Slow week for news and happenings + busy personal life = light blogging for the week. We got you covered for the Friday post, though. Make sure you find a way to get out and about this weekend, even if just for a quick drink, a bagel, some records, or simply for a walk around the neighborhood.

Here are your weekend tidbits…

– Well, another homeless camp has made the news. And it sits right on the northern edge of the neighborhood at SE 75th and Powell Blvd. Apparently the parking pull-outs along Powell actually do serve a purpose, though probably not how neighbors would like to see the spaces used. Apparently things have gotten pretty bad–campers don’t feel welcome, neighbors don’t feel safe–and city policy and weird jurisdictional pass-offs (between the city, ODOT, police, and Mayor’s office) hasn’t given folks much sense of resolve.

Draft Magazine included N.W.I.P.A. in their list of top beer bars. Not just in Portland, but nationwide. They get special praise in the “Western Region” section, which is a nice claim to fame for the neighborhood. Good on them.

– Uh, it’s just about October. Yikes!

Dickey Doo’s Pub and Grub is soon to be no longer. Enter the next era of that location’s revolving door of substandard bars. We’ll cross our fingers Local 66 proves us wrong.

– Second Saturday comes early in October. It’s next Saturday, October 8. In addition to the regular venues, Darling Press (at Foster Row) and BenWill Gallery will be joining in the fun. Put it on your calendars, people.

Here’s your weekend entertainment:
Starday Tavern- Madjesdiq, 9 pm Friday; Deephaus, 9 pm Saturday
NWIPA- Matt’s BBQ Dinner, Sunday at 5pm (tickets required); Burger Monday, 6-8 pm (tickets can be bought here)

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Dickey Doos to become “Local 66”

screen-shot-2016-09-26-at-5-12-45-pmThe famed Dickey Doos Pub and Grub, best known for a parking-lot shooting and the occasional Prince cover band is soon to be no more.

We knew this day was coming, but now we know the assumed new name once different ownership takes over.

According to a recent OLCC liquor license application, the neighborhood bar at SE Powell and 66th Avenue is changing ownership and names.

Enter Local 66, the latest bar-to-be to take a stab at the 6618 SE Powell location.

We’re pretty sure it was once called Station 66, and more recently Undefeated Sports Bar, but our memory can no longer be trusted, especially with all the turnover in bars in these parts.

So there you have it, the end of the Dickey Doo’s era…


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Happy Weekend, Foster People!

It’s officially fall, but that doesn’t mean the weather takes a complete turn this weekend. It’ll start off cold and a little wet, but we’ll climb nearly 30-degrees by the time we hit 90 on Monday. What that really means is you have plenty more opportunity for food and drink on your favorite patios and sidewalk seating.

Here are your weekend tidbits…

– We’ve talked a lot about plans for residential and mixed-use development on Foster, but neglected to share that a multi-unit housing development has been approved at 8049 SE Center. As per Next Portland, the builder of a three-story, 12-unit apartment complex was issued a permit for construction. While it may catch some by surprise being in a residential area, it’s less than two blocks from 82nd Avenue and many amenities. More housing density along major corridors and shopping areas would seem to make sense.

– Burger Mondays at NWIPA returns next week!

– Thursdays in October just got a little more interesting thanks to Performance Works NW (at 4625 SE 67th Ave). Starting October 6, and continuing every Thursday for the rest of the month, there will be a weekly presentation of “bizarre magic and strange tales” from “three of the most peculiar manipulators of perception you will ever see.” The weekly performances, dubbed Ghastly Aberrations, is billed as an “evening of inexplicable oddities and strange occurrences.” Our hunch is that you should definitely check this out. Word of caution, though—this will not be suitable for children younger than 12. More info here.

– After limiting its service area no further than SE 60th several months ago, car2go has recently expanded their boundaries to SE 82nd. We’re now fully covered.

– The Willy Week came out to the neighborhood to check on the style and fashion of the people. Peep it

– The former Double Treble (and Gemini, and Lizards Lounge, and Renos, and….) space is still for lease. Someone make magic happen. Please!

– Weekend entertainment:
Starday Tavern- Cory Quinn (6 pm) and Amber Harlan Trio 9 pm), Friday; Happy Hour Shenanigans w/Grits and Applesauce (6 pm) and Androck//DJ Big Weave//Tha Dno (9 pm), Saturday; The Quags (6 pm) and BLEND (9 pm), Sunday
NWIPA- Americana Night w/Resolectrics, American West and Out of Dodge (7 – 11 pm), Saturday

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Another “Developable” Lot on the Market

There has been no new construction on Foster, yet the number of properties being marketed for development continues to grow. Last week we highlighted several residential and mixed-use projects that are planned for Foster; this week we see another property come on to the market and dangled for developers.


6103 SE Cora– LoopNet

At 5,000 square-feet, it’s hard to imagine how “developable” it is, but the property at 6103 SE Cora is for sale and billed as “high-density developable” with potential for “multi-family and retail uses,” as per LoopNet.


Portland Maps

The LoopNet listing and KW Commercial flyers actually show two different, neighboring parcels for sale, so it’s unclear if one or both are on the market. PortlandMaps has two parcels listed under the same address, as well. One of the lots has a utility/electrical unit on it, and appears to be owned by Comcast; the other, to the east, is a residential building that has a for sale sign on it. Both lots are 5,000 square-feet, 10,000 combined.


6031 SE Foster and 6103 SE Cora

Interesting note, the corner of SE Cora and Foster is already home to an office building that was built just about 10 years ago, so that block has once already attracted some level of development. It’ll be interesting to see if the new lot(s) for sale will simply be infill housing or something with more density.

More to come…

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Let’s Get to Know Each Other

This blog, though owned and operated by many different people, has been running for at least eight years. The neighborhood’s changed a lot in that time. And we presume our readership has changed a bit, too. (And not just because we’ve grown beyond the mere-dozen-hits-per-day following we started with many moons ago.)

In that time, we’ve become acquainted with our neighbors and many of the business owners on Foster. And we’ve gotten to know a few of you, too. But we want to get a better snapshot of who our readership is. Established residents or new? Families, young, old? Found Foster several years ago while escaping the changing inner-Portland neighborhoods, only to find ours is now quickly morphing, too?

We imagine there’s a good mix here, but thought we’d put it to the test.

We’ll share results sometime next week. And without further ado…

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Happy Weekend, Foster People!

Well, we’ve hit the mid-point of September and the weather starts to cool and dampen this weekend. We must be easing into fall.

Here are your weekend tidbits…

– As we reported earlier this week, Foster has 131 units of housing in the near-term pipeline. 30 of those units—at 5811 SE Boise—are already permitted for construction, while the 101-unit affordable, mixed-use development at 72nd and Foster should be fast tracked as part of the city’s efforts to increase the affordable housing stock. In addition, there are proposals for multi-unit housing at 6036 and 5045 SE Foster, as well, which could bring the total number of units built in the near-term to 225.

– And speaking of more housing in the neighborhood, NextPortland reports that a three-story, 12-unit apartment building is permitted for construction at 8049 SE Center.

– Apparently “Nacho Week” is a thing. We can’t imagine it excites the masses quite like “Burger Week” does, but it’s still worth mentioning since the Portland Mercado will have a few participating eateries. More info here. Oh, we might as well give a shout to Bar Carlo and Torta-landia, too. They’re not participants in Nacho Week, but they both are on point with their nacho game.

– Our Throwback Thursday post captured a brief history in Foster small business lore. Check it out.

– The former Double Treble space is still available for lease. Can someone with culinary skills add some spice to the strip? We’ll thank you in advance.

– Flat Blak Gallery is hosting a Halloween-themed exhibit called R.I.P. City, and they’re looking for submissions. Late notice, but: submissions are due today—$400 cash prize to winning submission. Check out more info here.

unnamed– You might not know that—at least by our count—the western stretch of Foster has four tattoo studios. You probably already know Raven Ink and Rose & Dagger” at 64th and 66th, but Kim Kress has her Suite C Tattoo shop just off Foster, too, above Torta-landia. A fourth, Kilroy’s Tattoo is a newcomer, but is now holding it down in the same stretch as Backstory Books et al. If you need more ink, get acquainted with Kilroy’s this Saturday and Sunday, as they’re hosting a benefit for the Dougy Center. The Dougy Center provides support for children grieving the loss of a loved one, and all of Kilroy’s proceeds from the weekend will be donated to them.

– Here’s your weekend entertainment…
Starday Tavern- Buzz Holland Band (6pm) and Tiger Touch (9pm), Friday; Buddy Jay’s Jamaican Jazz Band, Saturday at 9pm; Woodland Band, Sunday at 9pm

We’re a bit slow on events, so let us know what we’re missing. Enjoy the weekend, folks!

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