Happy Weekend, Foster!

Well, that was short-lived.  The sun, that is…the glorious sun.  Despite the rain’s return, we trust you’ll find something to get into this weekend.  Even if it is a warm blanket with a movie.

Here are your weekend tidbits…

– Lots of real estate action these days…
* Major construction continues on Holgate—between SE 65th and 67th—with luxury homes on one end and a six-unit apartment complex on the other.  And that doesn’t include the recently disclosed plans for 6-8 vintage homes to be sandwiched between them on the vacant lot between 65th and 66th.
* In addition, two commercial properties are for sale on Foster (one at 67th, the other at 69th), with a fairly large church also up for sale just down the street.
* And then there’s the Portland Mercado to come.  Yikes!

– Speaking of real estate…according to the Portland Business Journal, Foster-Powell is one of the hottest neighborhoods in the metro region.  That claim is based solely on inventory and how quickly homes are selling, but it’s a decent indicator. Based on the article and inventory numbers, we’re the ninth hottest neighborhood with a 1.3-month supply of housing. For comparison, Rose City Park/Hollywood has the shortest turnaround in inventory with .6 months; West Hills/Goose Hollow was 20th with a four-month inventory.

– Ok, one more real estate tidbit.  Forget, the Portland Business Journal’s metric…we’re actually the second hottest-to-be neighborhood.  Or so says Portland Monthly poll-takers.  In that poll, readers said Foster-Powell was the next “hot” neighborhood—after St. John’s, which was voted as THE next hot neighborhood.  The same readers also overwhelmingly stated they’d never buy a house in the suburbs, and they perceived Lents to be one of the most unsafe neighborhoods in the city.

– More Portland Monthly Foster love: Foster Burger’s Kiwi Burger was listed as one of their “25 Sandwiches That Will Change Your Life.”  Kudos to them.  Though, I guess we already knew they made a proper burger.

– Any artists, musicians, or community groups interested in collaborating with or performing their work at the Portland Mercado?  They want you.  Click here for more info.

– And finally—before we get into the weekend’s events and live music—this wouldn’t be complete without some mention of antique stoves.

– Ok, here it is…lots of happenings this weekend:

* Lew Ford plays Torta tonight (Friday); Corey R-J gets the bill on Saturday
* Devlan James Band and Jawbone Flats plays Starday Friday night; Lenny Rancher, Church of Surf, and Steven Pearly & The Janglers make Saturday a big night.
* An end-of-residency celebration with Emily Stone + Dirt Stage at Performance Works NW, Friday through Sunday (check for times)
* The Lovesores, The Last 45s, and The Hot LZ’s will be playing at O’Malley’s tonight (Friday)
* Pulsar Productions will be hosting Space 3: The Neon Trilogy this Saturday at The BobWhite Theater. There’s word they may be partnering with Bar Carlo to act as a third, down-tempo stage (the first two stages will be set up in theater) due to fire code restrictions in the Wurlitzer Warehouse. Confirm with Bar Carlo and/or Pulsar for details.

Have safe weekend, all.  Stay dry, be cool.

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4 Responses to Happy Weekend, Foster!

  1. blakedore says:

    Woot! Go fopo!

  2. Cora Potter says:

    Funny how inaccurate and pervasive perception can be. 92nd at Foster has less crime within 1/2 mile than 67th at Foster by about 30%. Yet, Lents gets called the “dangerous” neighborhood while Foster-Powell is the next big thing.

    • It’s not a competition, Cora. There was a time (not too long ago) that this stretch of Foster was very poorly perceived, too. We wish Lents the best…and when the Lents Town Center is thriving, we certainly won’t be upset about it.

      • Cora Potter says:

        I never said it was a competition. I’m just pointing out how distorted perceptions are in Portland. Certainly our closest neighborhood neighbors would easily be able to see that there really is no difference in crime rates between our neighborhoods and speak the truth when confronted with this distortion.

        Sadly, I’ve not experienced that sort of mutual support as often as I’ve seen the distortion affirmed by our neighbors to the West.


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