Before And After: SE 59th and Foster

Let’s take a look at how Foster’s evolved over the last few years. As a whole, sometimes it’s hard to see. But broken down, some of the changes have been pretty pronounced.

Today we look at where SE 59th, Boise and Foster collide.
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We like our grime just as much as the next. And in many places on Foster, we’ll be sad to see it go. But the change here was needed and welcomed. We’ve pimped this place a lot, as the additions of Green Noise Records, Nayar Taqueria and Velvet Goldmine certainly caught our attention. Meticon held it down for a long time on it’s own, with a seldom-open Ma Tona’s and dusty antique store as its lone neighbors. The dusty antique store remains, but Nayar moved in almost two years ago in place of Ma Tona’s, and Green Noise and Velvet Goldmine have since taken up residence, too.

What’s more, the new businesses also brought with them a sense of style. (Or at least a few cans of paint.) And now, for contrast, we have the new improved stretch.
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Much of the structure remains the same, but the change is undeniable. And to go along with the changes, there’s possibly more to come. Hidden behind Green Noise is a budding herb and tomato garden to match some of the improvements being made to a neighboring dilapidated building.
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It’s not much to look at now, but there are way more creative people out there than us. In the meantime, improvement is improvement. And until that improvement means we’re all priced out of the neighborhood and/or wake up one day and don’t recognize it anymore, we can’t help but to love it. Kudos to the small and local business owners who are investing in their neighborhood—this stretch is way nicer to look at.

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2 Responses to Before And After: SE 59th and Foster

  1. Jeff: Thanks for shining spotlight on this little node of Foster. PDC has worked on this once barren stretch for years and it’s finally bearing some pretty rad fruit…I mean new businesses. It all starts with a really cool 1920s building and a business owner willing to take some risk. Eliseo – the fearless owner of Nayar – deserves a lot of credit. PDC provided $40K on various grants, technical assistance through our partnership with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and referrals to other partners like the Energy Trust of Oregon that helped offset the cost of a new heat pump. Someone has to go first and show the way. PDC is there to incentivize the pioneers. Partnerships make a big difference and we’ll be seeing more of these along West Foster soon, including the Red Castle/Cafe, Tango Berretin, Wikman renovation, and Springboard to name a few. Congrats to those businesses for showing us the way. Kevin

  2. Cheers, Kevin. We’ve not held back in some of our criticism of PDC in the past, but the improvements are quite evident, and PDC has definitely played a part in that.

    And as you say, Eliseo made a bold and expensive risk with his investments. He gets a pat on the back, for sure.

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