Happy Weekend, Foster People!

Well, February is now behind us and St. Paddy’s Day is only a couple weeks away. We’re definitely plugging through 2016 and, to be honest, despite a relatively mild winter, I’m ready for Spring. The sun is just too intoxicating. Speaking of sun, we’ll get very little of it this weekend. But…speaking of intoxicating, there are plenty of places on Foster to grab a drink and weather through it. We suggest you do.

Here are your weekend tidbits…

– This week we learned that Foster could soon see multi-unit housing built along the corridor, and a new taproom is coming to the neighborhood. Talk about changes. What else do we see on the horizon for Foster? A (supposed) market is in the works next door to NWIPA; a new salon is taking shape next to Tango Berretin; we’re still awaiting word on a mixed-use development proposed across the street from the Portland Mercado; the Foster Transportation and Streetscape Plan is scheduled for construction by this time next year. Yowsers!

– Speaking of the Foster Streetscape Plan, apparently the sewing machine shop / quilters guild headquarters (at SE 67th) shares the same negative sentiment as Euro Classic Furniture across the street. We’ll assume they’re in cahoots, as they now have the same obnoxious, neon posters dotting their storefront proclaiming the Streetscape as the mark of the beast. We can’t fault people for disagreeing that slower auto speeds, a center turn lane, trees, lighting, and bike lanes are bad for the neighborhood (wait!), but it appears the common theme with these two businesses is that they are advocating for people who drive through the neighborhood from other places. In other words, they’re not looking at this plan from the perspective of locals who live and play in the neighborhood…and that might be where the divide in thinking is.

– We’ll have more on this Monday, but we want to get it all on your radars now: Foster is getting a second coming of a monthly art walk. We want to temper your expectations for the initial showings, but the goal is to build some energy with the first couple events (the first is Saturday, March 12, from 4 – 8 pm), with the hopes that there’s some momentum and growing participation leading up to the summer months. Backstory Books and Latchkey Gallery will start as the focal point for March’s “Second Saturday,” but expect that to expand in the coming months. Again, more on this Monday…

– New cart at Carts on Foster: Jurassic Cart, “paleo-ish tasty grub.” Welcome!

– Here’s your weekend entertainment:
Starday Tavern- Soul Night at The Starday, DJ Groove spinning at 9pm (Friday); Rock Night at The Starday, 8 pm Saturday
FoPo Tavern- Ferociously Funny Fridays, standup comedy starting at 9pm
SMART Collective- Gentle Bender, Sex Park and Porch Talk, Friday at 6pm

Have a good weekend, all. Be cool, be safe.

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