Po’ Rising

IMG_1513Ok, we admit that some of our other boundary lines get a little overlooked at times. Well, most of the time. Nothing against Powell and 82nd; we just really, really like Foster.

Our north and eastern borders deserve some love, too. And since we brought up some future transportation changes on Powell yesterday, we thought we’d give another shout out to FoPo’s “Po” today. (82nd is next.)

There are a lot of things that Powell isn’t: pedestrian friendly, calm, pretty to look at, conducive to building  a community. There are, however, a lot of things that Powell has going for it, most of which probably gets overlooked because of the above.

screen-shot-2014-09-11-at-3-58-06-pmIn the 30+ blocks that Powell makes FoPo home, we have a diverse offering of restaurants, a garden nursery, office buildings, a community garden, a tree-lined thoroughfare, coffee (and comic) shop, multi-unit housing, and a bus line that gets people downtown in easy order. There’s also shopping (at the 82nd Avenue shopping center, and the various retail spots along the stretch), dental facilities, insurance, a tienda, and a fish monger. If it weren’t for the constant flow of fast-moving cars, very few opportunities for safe pedestrian crossings (and lighting for those walking at night), and little design in place to engage people IMG_1516beyond just driving through, you’d almost think Powell has everything you need. In many ways it does, though; it just doesn’t feel accessible or particularly alluring. Powell almost does a better job separating Foster-Powell from South Tabor than it does to draw the respective neighborhoods together.

So here we are, straying from our Foster love affair, encouraging you to give Powell a shot. And if you already are, let us know your favorite ways to enjoy it.

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8 Responses to Po’ Rising

  1. pdxnaturenut says:

    Nice! You go, Po’! The Lodge (your final picture above) has some of the best collard greens in town. They also have a good Cubano sandwich as well as pulled pork taquitos and pulled pork nachos. Tasty! Friendly bartenders too.

    • Yes, The Lodge has more going for it than gets recognized. (Though I certainly left my last visit feeling worse than entering—but that should be expected after eating fries with blue cheese and bacon on it.)

  2. Adam Herstein says:

    Powell needs wider sidewalks, protected bike lanes, and traffic-calming measures if it’s ever going to become a place people want to linger at. I’m hoping the BRT project accomplishes this.

  3. dancinmikeb says:

    I feel like the fact that it is also US Hwy 26 will hold it back forever.

  4. Adam, dancimikeb…

    Agreed on both fronts.

  5. Torello says:

    It’s a shame that we can’t move the huge, mature street trees from Powell to Foster, because that is one area where Powell beats Foster hands down.

  6. Greg says:

    Ichidai – some of the best sushi in town!

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