Mt. Scott-Arleta Brings the Party to FoPo

It’s about time someone else forgot where the dividing line is between FoPo and Mt. Scott-Arleta.  

As Mt. Scott-Arleta gets ready to celebrate their community at the Bob White Theatre, the neighborhood boundary lines are getting blurred a little.  And thank god!

MSA Party

Long used to claim turf on either side of our long and grimy corridor, Foster has sometimes brought out the best and worst in neighborhood advocates.  Some see it as a line that differentiates two separate communities; others see it as a road that connects two similar neighborhoods, albeit with different names.  And sometimes it represents a missed opportunity, one in which the dividing line gets in the way of making a singularly great commercial district.  So let’s obscure those lines a little.

This…coming from a hyper-local blogger dedicated to the goings-on in FoPo?  

Fine, I’m guilty of contradiction.  However, I’ve long advocated for adopting a dual-neighborhood title (Arleta, shall we?).  And this blog has never considered N.W.I.P.A. or Pieper Cafe as different neighborhood gathering places than Bar Carlo or O’Malley’s simply because they’re on different sides of the street, and thus in two separate neighborhoods.  And if we want to really complicate things, another neighborhood favorite—Slingshot— rarely (ok, never) is characterized as that “rad Creston-Kenilworth bar.”  Sure, the residents hovering around Powell Blvd. may not relate to those closer to Woodstock or Duke, but as we get closer to Foster on both sides, the differences quickly change to similarities.

So fine, folks south of Foster don’t want to be FoPo (and rightfully so), and FoPo’ians don’t necessarily identify with Mt. Scott.  But does Foster Road itself have to suffer because of our self-imposed labels and limited collaboration?

Hell no, it doesn’t.  So let’s not let it.  To that, Mt. Scott-Arleta, I say welcome to FoPo.  Enjoy the BobWhite at your upcoming neighborhood party.  Maybe next time we can have an Arleta Party, too.  In fact, maybe a rebranding is in order.

“Viva Arleta!”

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5 Responses to Mt. Scott-Arleta Brings the Party to FoPo

  1. kurtwsommer@gmail.com says:

    I live on 57th and Holgate (Woodstock) but I consider myself a part of FoPo, its where I hang out the most.

  2. I’ve heard the same thing from many, many people. Sure, there are defined boundaries, but the vibe, feel, and character remain the same…whether you’re on one side of the street or the other.

  3. Terah B says:

    I hate that we have ‘Mt. Scott’ in our name anyway…the actual ‘Mount Scott’ is in Happy Valley, much further southeast than the ‘Mt. Scott-Arleta Neighborhood.’ I would love to drop Mt. Scott and adopt Arleta as our name, but I’ve heard people comment that we shouldn’t change our name because our Community Center is ‘Mt. Scott-Community Center.’

    Oh and by the way, I was meeting with Nick Storie and we were talking about the possibility of having a Summer Party where all the neighborhood associations could come together and thrown a big SCHABANG BANG party.

    • Terah,

      Big schabang bang party sounds good.

      I’m a big proponent of finding a cross-neighborhood identity that brings us together and makes the western stretch of Foster that much radder. I know some folks would find it hard to stomach a name change, so maybe an alternate brand could work. I still dig Arleta, or even Foster-Arleta.

      • Jed says:

        This Mt. Scott-Arleta neighborhood resident also dislikes the association with Mt. Scott. This neighborhood was originally platted as “Arleta Park” in 1903. I’m not sure if portions of Foster-Powell were also part of the Arleta Park subdivision, but Arleta does have a nice ring to it. Neither of these hyphenated neighborhood names do us any good. Both are unwieldy, and the FoPo contraction is a take on an already better known part of the city (North Portland). I would love to pursue re-branding. And what would it take to dissolve the line between the two neighborhood associations?

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