04/19/19

FOPO Mural is Moving

Post on NextDoor.com

The garage off of Holgate with the iconic F💗P💗 mural has been demolished. But never fear; the artwork has been saved! We did some sleuthing and talked to an owner of the house, Justin Amrine, who is also an owner of the popular Starday Tavern. Justin’s plan is to install the mural at the Starday Tavern. If that does not work out for some reason, then the mural will be reinstalled somewhere within Foster-Powell.

We love our local muralists and the art they share with us that makes Foster-Powell an awesome place to be!

03/29/19

Opposition to I-5 Rose Quarter Freeway Expansion Project

At out last meeting in March, the topic of the I-5 Rose Quarter Expansion Project was discussed and an unanimous vote was taken to oppose the project. See our prior post for more details, including information about the survey to confirm our opposition —

The results of the survey exceeded the threshold of more than 60% of the respondents opposing the I-5 Rose Quarter Freeway Expansion project and supporting No More Freeways PDX. If we had not exceeded the threshold, our vote to oppose the project would stand, but we would not publish a letter expressing our opposition. Exceeding that threshold was the agreed upon trigger for Foster-Powell Neighborhood Association to release an official letter of opposition, which you can see below. Thank you for engaging in this important policy discussion and allowing us to amplify your voices to the city and state!


File Your Own Comments


The public comment period is ending at 5 PM on Monday 1-April.

Support Freeway Expansion: If you support the project, you can file your comments directly at the I-5 Rose Quarter Project site.

Oppose Freeway Expansion: If you opposed the project, you can file your comments directly at the project’s site (link above), or you can use the system at No More Freeways PDX where you will find talking points to help you build your case.


History of Activism through Neighborhood Associations


The Neighborhood Association system was formed based on citizens stepping up to have their voices heard in city planning efforts.

The League of Women Voters of Portland studied Portland’s neighborhood system in the mid-2000s. As part of this effort, the League prepared a short history of Portland’s neighborhood system through 2005.

History and Related Documents, City of Portland Office of Community & Civic Life


Here is an excerpt from that study:

Neighborhood Voice in Portland
Neighborhoods of Portland emerged as participants in city planning between 1966 and 1980. Among the earliest was Lair Hill, where students, renters, and Jewish and Italian families displaced by the South Auditorium urban renewal project rose up against city plans for redevelopment. In 1966, Northeast Portland applied to participate in the Model Cities program; a citizens’ planning board was appointed to guide the project. In Northwest Portland, proposals to expand Good Samaritan Hospital and to build a freeway spurred neighborhoods to organize and become negotiators for plans that saved older neighborhoods. In 1971, Southeast neighborhoods successfully challenged the building of the Mount Hood Freeway. Forces behind the emergence of neighborhood voice were:

  • Residents who reacted against city plans to urbanize older, inner city neighborhoods through increased densities, commercial uses, and transportation projects.
  • New city leaders who were not tied to old planning practices.
  • Increased requirements for citizen participation in federal and state programs, including Model Cities, Office of Economic Opportunity, Urban Renewal, Housing and Community Development, and in Oregon, SB 100 initiating the state’s land use laws.
League of Women Voters of Portland, Portland’s Neighborhood Associations–Part I — History, October 2005
01/7/19

Have you considered hosting an international student?

We recently received this information from Pacific International Academy and wanted to pass it along to our neighbors:

Pacific International Academy is looking for local Portland families to host international students. In return, families will receive a generous monthly stipend along with a truly enriching cultural experience.

Pacific International Academy (PIA) has recently relocated to the campus of Warner Pacific University in Southeast Portland and we are looking for host families to join our network. Homestay hosting provides an enriching cultural exchange experience for both the students and the host families. The students greatly value opportunities for communication with family members and truly enjoy being part of the community.

We welcome all types of families to join our homestay program. All host families are expected to provide students with a safe, caring, and comfortable living environment. In addition, host families are required to:

  • Reside within 1 hour and 15 minutes from Warner Pacific University by public transportation, or be willing to drive students to and from campus daily.
  • Provide students with a private furnished bedroom and access to the kitchen, laundry, and bathroom. For some of our programs, students can share a room with another student studying the same program.
  • Provide students with food for three meals per day (cooked meals and/or groceries).
  • Have WiFi Internet access.

A stipend of $700 per month per student is available to the host and we offer long-and short-term homestay placements. More information and our full homestay policies are available at www.piahomestay.wordpress.com. To apply to be a PIA host family, families are requested submit by email a PIA Host Family Application and Agreement, available at https://www.piaschools.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/host-family-application.pdf. Please email this application to rachel@nullpiaschools.edu.

Once the application is received, PIA will contact the family to schedule an appointment for a home visit.

Warner Pacific is just a short distance north of Foster-Powell at Division and 68th. This is a fantastic opportunity to share our neighborhood with the world and to bring even greater cultural diversity to our community.