If one conversation’s been constant over the last couple years, it’s been the anticipation of an eventual build-out of the Foster Road Transportation and Streetscape Plan. There have been town hall meetings, candlelight vigils to mourn pedestrian fatalities, and ongoing discussions with city officials in hopes of effecting some positive change on the busy road. As some of the aforementioned discussions with the city have picked up recently, so too has the neighborhood’s stakeholders, who are seeking to secure a place at the planning table in hopes of bringing neighborhood concerns, visions, and ideas to the design process.
The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) and Development Commission (PDC) have opened up the process recently, with a consultant on board, and are attempting to refresh the original streetscape plan to include more current designs and amenities to address safety and other local desires for Foster Road. And with such missteps as the North Williams bike lane project, the city (presumably) would like to avoid a perceived alienation of the community. Outreach and education hasn’t been stellar, however, and neighborhood leaders are currently the ones driving the conversation. And in continuing that conversation, representatives from the Foster-Powell, Mt. Scott-Arleta, and Lents Neighborhood Associations, will be holding a meeting to seek neighborhood input for improving Foster Road, and thus putting themselves in a position to better advocate for the community at large.
As the neighborhood associations gear up for that meeting, which will be held at the Mt. Scott Community Center on Wednesday, June 20, at 6:30 p.m., we’d like to start getting ideas and input from you, our readers. Please take our poll and leave comments with your ideas. If you can’t make the meeting on the 20th, these ideas will be shared.