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.
In 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 beyond 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.