FoPo week in review, plus goings on for the weekend and St. Paddy’s Day

The weekend is finally here, and it couldn’t have come soon enough.  We certainly psyched ourselves up for spring, only to be let down in a way that we knew would happen. Bummer.  While the week was somewhat uneventful, we have plenty to share in our weekend tidbits…plus, it’s St. Paddy’s Day this Saturday.

Here are your weekend tidbits…

– In addition to St. Patrick’s Day this Saturday, FoPo has more reason to be feeling celebratory, as two of our own are having birthdays this week. We recently celebrated Bar Carlo’s fifth birthday, and now Slingshot Lounge and Sweetness Bakery are turning five, too.  We often talk about the changes to come in FoPo, but can you imagine the shift in neighborhood vibe when Bar Carlo, Slingshot Lounge, and Sweetness Bakery opened for business?  Yes, the Bob White Theatre has the ability to change the neighborhood in ways we might not imagine, but the addition of the three above businesses five years ago was a monumental shift for the Foster area.  Happy Birthday, gang!

– Speaking of St. Paddy’s Day, there are plenty of ways to celebrate this weekend.  As always, you can go downtown, but if you’re seeking something more authentic, check out Portland’s All-Ireland Cultural Society’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration near the Lloyd Center.  This would be your best bet for something authentic, as it is put on by Portland’s Irish community, and will host more family and culturally themed entertainment.  Closer to home, however, you can catch the Crow and Squirrel at Gemini Lounge, where they’ll be playing their best Irish-inspired music (plus more).  However, if a pint of Guinness and corned beef makes you feel more green, O’Malley’s is your place.  They’ll be opening at 11am on Saturday, and will have corned beef, Guinness stew, and Irish music all day (not live, however).  You can also buy your own Guinness glass for reduced drink prices.  It should be a good time, as this is one of their biggest events of the year.

– Also this Saturday, for those inclined to grow their own vegetables, Dennis’ 7 Dees will be hosting a Raised Bed Vegetable Gardening class from 10-11 am.  This class is free, but you should register in advance.

– The big news for the weekend is the Wikman Building’s open house and visioning session.  Rose CDC and their community partners will be hosting the meeting, from 11a-1pm.  Their goal is to solicit feedback and suggestions from the building’s neighbors and potential stakeholders.  Basically, this is your opportunity to make your vision for the building heard.  Again, this is a project led by Rose CDC, partnering with the community to turn the vacant county building into something the neighborhood can use and benefit from.  Such ideas for the building’s use are: grocery co-op, meeting space, small business incubator, internet cafe, and commissary kitchen.  Come by and share your ideas and hopes for the building.

– Speaking of ideas….the Foster Green EcoDistrict is also soliciting ideas for projects in the EcoDistrict area, which includes large portions of Foster-Powell, Mt. Scott-Arleta, and Lents.  If you have a project idea (i.e. community garden, solar panels on businesses, street trees, bike corrals, etc), share it on their website.

– We’ve been running a pretty lengthy series on transportation in the neighborhood recently.  We’ve covered FoPo’s walkability, plus other alternatives to car-dependence, such as convenient bus routes in the neighborhood and access to neighborhood greenways (or bike boulevards).  Much of this is inspired by the community’s need for an updated Foster Streetscape Plan, but more importantly the implementation of such a plan.  As a refresher, the city adopted an official streetscape plan for Foster in 2003 (with safety improvements and aesthetic upgrades).  Unfortunately, not enough money or priority has been directed to the project, and it’s sat unfunded for almost 10 years…despite the numerous pedestrian fatalities.  While the city may be ok putting it on the back burner, it’ll be up to us to keep it a priority and relevant.  Keep sending your feedback to us, your neighborhood association, and the city, too.

That’s all for this week.  Have a great weekend, and if you’re celebrating your Irish heritage (or someone else’s)….happy St. Paddy’s Day.

Erin go bragh!

Slán go fóill

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