FoPo week in review, plus goings on for the weekend and beyond

As we say goodbye to March, we also say goodbye to previous precipitation records.  This month marked one of the wettest Marches in Portland’s history.  And this after being fooled into thinking the sun really did exist.  It’s ok, though, FoPo still shines bright…right?

On to your weekend tidbits, which, naturally, revolve around this Saturday’s celebration of live entertainment at the Bob White Theatre…the first time in several, long years of dormancy and drear (read below for more).

Here we go…

– We saw a nice outpouring of support for the folks at Speedboat Coffee this week, as they were recently forced to stop serving coffee out of their drive-through window.  The reason: a neighboring fence blocking the driveway and access to Foster Road. The fence, which is more of a net reinforced with two dumpsters behind it, was recently put up by the owner of Subway, who, perhaps, didn’t like people driving through his portion of the lot. Without jumping to conclusions or passing too much judgement, we’d simply like to encourage you to continue supporting Speedboat. In addition to selling espresso drinks, you can also buy bags of Stumptown coffee for home brewing. At the least, it’ll save you a trip to the store.

– As expected the big news of the week is the neighborhood appreciation party at the Bob White Theatre this Saturday. Promised to “light FoPo up,” this event marks a turning point for the neighborhood.  After sitting vacant for several years, the theater now comes back to life and should be a huge boost to Foster Road’s landscape.  Doors open at 7 p.m., with entertainment starting at 8 p.m. Three bands will be playing live, and O’Malley’s will be providing pizza.

– In more subtle, but perhaps equally as exciting news, representatives from the Foster-Powell and Mt. Scott-Arleta Neighborhood Associations met with Mayor Adams on Thursday to discuss the possibility of expediting construction of safety improvements on Foster Road. We’ll recap that meeting next week, but it appears as if Mayor Adams is interested in speeding up PBOT/PDC’s two- to three-year timeline for implementing parts of the Foster Streetscape Plan.  Which aspects of the plan they can implement, and how much money they’ll be able to dedicate to it remain to be seen.  However, it is encouraging to get some assurances from the Mayor’s office that safety on Foster Road is, indeed, a priority. Thanks are in order to Mayor Adams and PBOT staff for giving their ear to FoPo and Mt. Scott-Arleta.

– Speaking of improving Foster, the Portland Development Commission (PDC) will be holding a Foster-Lents Integration Partnership (FLIP) engagement workshop next Tuesday, April 10.  FLIP is designed to allow for the community’s engagement in the development of investment strategies along the Foster corridor. FLIP, which consists of various city bureaus and community groups, will have a fairly large impact on how Foster Road develops moving forward, so please use this as an opportunity to participate in that process.  This meeting will be held at the Wattles Boys and Girls Club, at 9930 SE Harold St., from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.. We’ll keep you posted as the date nears.

– Also upcoming is the next Wikman-Arleta Project meeting.  In part to debrief the recent “visioning session” held at the Wikman Building, this meeting will offer a recap of that session, as well as the next steps in the process to (hopefully) turn the site over to the community.  Meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at Reedway Place (8940 SE Reedway), this Thursday, April 5.

Slingshot Lounge’s got pinball.  Well, they always have, but they’ve recently bumped up their number of pinball machines to six.  Get your game on in the game room before, after, or while drinking your favorite beer (assuming it’s on tap).

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