Foster-Powell is rad. Plain and simple.
Whether you call it FoPo, Felony Flats, or get it confused with Mt. Scott-Arleta —because, well, FoPo just happened to be the dominant brand name for this stretch of Foster for so long— it’s still a good place to be.
And you know what? The surrounding neighborhoods are equally as cool (if I’m not being biased, that is), and there’s a ton of positive energy up and down Foster right now. As some of that energy pours out in the form of more neighborhood blogs (check out our friends at FosterUnited.org), active neighborhood associations, and increased collaboration between neighborhood groups, the need for FosterPowellPDX wanes a little…or at least changes.
Until recently, FosterPowellPDX served as one of the few online venues for neighborhood residents to get local news, learn of goings-on in the ‘hood, and rant about such things as unsafe walking conditions, abandoned properties, meth, and loud motorcycles. That’s not the case now, and the Foster area as a whole is being well represented with some of the groups mentioned above, as well as the extra attention we are now receiving from the city, the Oregonian, and other publications. With all that in mind, we’re going to reevaluate how FosterPowellPDX fits into the context of what’s going on locally. We want to promote the neighborhood as best we can, but we also want to leave room for the business and neighborhood associations to do likewise. We also want to acknowledge the western stretch of the Foster corridor as one distinct commercial corridor, not two neighborhoods sharing the same business district (come on, we’re not really going to say Bar Carlo is in one neighborhood while Red Castle Games is in another…right?). So by pushing FoPo as a brand, we’d like to do so in a way that’s more encompassing and less divisive….or maybe not. Maybe we’ll become even more hyperlocal. Who knows? But while we figure that out, please be patient with us — we won’t be posting much in the near future, but hope to reemerge with a new and fresh focus that compliments all the other groups working hard to make the Foster area as rad as it can be.
In the meantime, please feel free to leave comments or contact us directly with thoughts, ideas, suggestions, or simply to say: “Eff off, and don’t come back.” We will, though, so maybe just be nice.