Goings On in and Around FoPo…Happy Weekend

And now we’re into June.  This time last year, the neighborhood was clamoring over rumors that New Seasons was expanding and scouting new sites to enlarge its empire.  Naturally, many folks along Foster had their own ideas of where they should set up shop: 72nd and Foster, the old Blockbuster site, Lents Town Center.  In the end, speculation was simply that.  We were not worse off, though, as a lot of positive things have happened in the last year.  Here’s to more to come…and maybe, just maybe, an eventual grocer will make healthy food available to the Foster Road denizens.

Here are your weekend tidbits….

– Obviously, the big news this weekend is the Bob White Reconstruction.  The three-day event is the first installment of a summer series of events designed to bring entertainment to the neighborhood and raise funds for the theater’s renovation.  The fun kicks off tonight with a 7 p.m. neighborhood reception.  Live music will follow, with a variety of events tomorrow, such as the Crafty Underdog show and an appearance/talk by Oregon Kick Ass History’s Doug Kenck-Crispin.  More music will follow, and the action continues through Sunday evening with the band Chervona.  You can buy tickets for separate daytime or nighttime events, or buy a weekend-long pass.  Enjoy!

– Lots of ways to get involved with the future shaping of Foster Road.  In the coming weeks, you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about investment strategies for Foster, as well as ways to get involved with the visioning/planning process for improving pedestrian/traffic safety along the busy thoroughfare.  The first meeting will be to discuss the potential of an East Portland Enterprise Zone, which could offer incentives for business owners to set up shop in designated areas, of which Foster Road is one.  Then, on June 20th, share your ideas at a neighborhood meeting to discuss the future of pedestrian/traffic safety on Foster, as well as other ways to make our commercial corridor more livable.  Finally, on June 27th, the PDC will be holding an open house to provide an overview of the Foster Corridor Investment Strategy, as well as an opportunity for community members to offer input.  Please check the links for more information.

– Speaking of visioning/planning, Rose CDC will be holding another meeting to discuss the future of the Wikman-Arleta building.  You’ll have two opportunities to take part in this round of visioning:  Sunday, June 10, from 2-4 or Monday, June 11, from 6:30-8:30.  The meeting will be held in the Wikman building.

– Check out some of the details of the proposed bottle shop set to go in the former Guapo space.  Lots to like about the plan.

– Please help PSU students with an urban planning project, dubbed “Foster Mobility,” which may parallel some of the other studies and planned developments in the neighborhood.  Their Neighborhood Life Survey will help develop information for the project, and hopefully shed enough light on transportation needs in the area. Take their survey here:  http://foster.soma.research.pdx.edu/

Happy weekend, y’all!!!

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