Happy Friday, FoPo….Goings on in and Around the ‘Hood

As much as I loathed the hot weather, I’m now getting the stinging sense that Fall may be around the corner.  The nights are cooling down, and it appears the 90-degrees plus is behind us.  Still, the sun’s sticking around and we have plenty of nice Foster evenings ahead of us.  I say evenings because, well, I have yet to get over my love affair with summer happy hours on Foster.  Seriously, the early evenings have been wondrous in the ‘hood, especially with a drink in hand and the hum of Foster and passersby coming and going.

Here are your weekend tidbits, gang….

– Friday night means oysters and ale at N.W.I.P.A..  And don’t forget, there’s more than beer and savory food.  They recently added a third flavor to their Salt and Straw ice cream offerings:  Almond Brittle and Salted Ganache.  I’ll admit, it is this exact flavor that caused me to abandon the Foster challenge and venture outside of the neighborhood for a treat.  And yes, it’s that good to drive up to NE Alberta for.  Now you don’t need to.

Knowledge Lives Forever is performing at the Gemini Lounge Saturday night.  A nice combination of rock, hip-hop, and funk-soul should set the evening off right.

– Ok, first off, congrats to the bicycle advocates who scored a huge victory in getting N. Wheeler Street closed to right turns off of Broadway.  This intersection has become quite notorious for bicycle-car collisions, and the city finally realized the safety concerns for the area needed to be resolved.  However, does such bold action counter what we’ve been told about the city’s ability to make immediate changes on Foster based on the safety needs and welfare of pedestrians, drivers, and/or bikers?  Any bold steps to stem the collision rate on Foster has been linked to the future refresh of the 2003 Streetscape Plan.  In fact, the city’s been adamant about not letting needed safety improvements now disrupt their process for implementing the partial build out of the plan in the future.  I understand that the N. Wheeler closure costs very little money, whereas the Foster Streetscape Plan would take millions.  However, there are measures that could be taken independent of the streetscape plan that would not break the bank.  I do believe we have a situation where a closer-in neighborhood is receiving more prompt attention and resolution to strong demands from the community.

– Might as well put it on the calendar now:  Macro Brewfest 2012 at O’Malley’s.  Cheap beer, music, comedy, and food.  Need I say more?

– Could this work on Foster someday?  Maybe, maybe not.  Food for thought, though, as we envision a new Foster.

Have a good weekend, y’all!

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