Meet Your Neighbor: Cat Davila

We’ve heard of tool libraries and kitchen shares.  Our neighborhood even has tiny, free book exchanges.  Now we can add toy libraries to the list thanks to Cat Davila.  Get to know her…

Cat DavilaKnowing our neighbors makes for a brighter and safer community. Who are you, and what is your connection to the neighborhood (resident, business owner, neighborhood advocate, etc)?
“I’m a resident and nonprofit entrepreneur, mother, and community enthusiast. I’m the founder of PDX Toy Library – hoping to open by Spring in the Wild Lilac building on 74th & Center.”

How long have you lived or worked in the neighborhood, and what do you think makes it unique?
“I moved to the neighborhood in 2004. I think the positives that make it unique are diversity and lots of interest in community building and urban farming/gardening. I love hearing chickens all over the place when we go for walks!”

What are your favorite neighborhood haunts (for food, shopping, walks, drinking, entertainment, etc)?
“I have a 4 yr old so we spend a lot of time at Kern and Essex Parks, and the Holgate Library. We go to Peiper Cafe and Lily Day a lot too. And Bar Carlo, Foster Burger, Tortalandia and the food carts. I love being able to walk to Mt. Tabor and the Mt. Scott Community Center. And Value Village :)”

It’s a fact, our neighborhood is pretty rad. How do we keep it that way…and then some (i.e. enhance our parks, more n’hood events, more businesses, less tweakers, etc)?
“I would love to see a quality grocery store where the Save A Lot was, and something like the Village Merchants on Division. And more family friendly neighborhood parties. A monthly street fair event might be awesome.”

If you had a bajillion dollars (ok, a million) to spend on Foster, what would you do with it?
“I would buy the Wikman Building for the Toy Library, and a digital projector for the Bob White.”

If you could pick a theme song for the neighborhood, or choose a celebrity that best exemplifies the character of it, what/who would it be?
“Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now, by Starship”

Thanks, Cat!  Good luck with the tool library.

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3 Responses to Meet Your Neighbor: Cat Davila

  1. Kimberly says:

    What a great idea! When my kids were younger, I always thought a puzzle library would be a good idea. I bought expensive wooden puzzles they would complete once or twice wanting a new puzzle challenge. Good luck with the toy library. I have one of those little book libraries on 77th and Raymond, desperately in need of some books–donations have dwindled.

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