The Foster Green Eco District had their monthly meeting last Monday and, among other things, discussed development priorities for the corridor (East and West of 82nd), the Foster Streetscape Plan, and how to incorporate a new vision for 82nd Avenue into the conversation.
But it was a non-agenda item that squeaked in and prompted some of the more thoughtful conversation of the night. And it was this conversation that led to a vote for future consideration of how we may come to know the stretch of Foster between SE 60th to 67th, otherwise known as the “Heart of Foster.” Sparked by a Lents resident who contested that the “Heart of Foster” implies lesser qualities for surrounding areas, the conversation brought up valid concerns about the specific title, as well as suggestions for new names that could be part of a re-branding effort.
Most in attendance agreed that the Heart of Foster does suggest a geographic center or some level of superiority (i.e. more hipness, nicer, better attractions, etc.). And it was also agreed that this is a disservice to the Lents Town Center, as well as other parts of Foster that are trying to improve and lure investment. It was widely known, too, that such a conversation could not fully fit in the two-hour time slot for the evening. So it was voted on and approved to discuss at a later date. This does not guarantee a name change for the area, nor a timeframe for such a change. It does ensure the issue is discussed, though. And if it does, we want your opinion to share with the Foster Green folks.
So, when thinking of a name for the area, what usually comes to mind? Many folks still refer to the area simply as FoPo, but that title represents a longer stretch than just the seven blocks between Holgate and 67th. It also doesn’t accurately incorporate the south side of Foster, which is technically Mt. Scott (or even Creston-Kenilworth when you venture west). That doesn’t seem to stop people, though. But if we’re just referring to a handful of blocks, which PDC and PBOT have agreed present some of the best development opportunities on Foster, maybe a re-branding is in order.
So what will it be? Tell us what you think by taking the poll and/or leaving suggestions.