How would you invest $500 in the community? What improvements are most important to you along the Foster Corridor in East Portland?
Welcome to PDC Town Hall!
PDC is piloting the use of Peak Democracy online public engagement services to gauge public interest in future public investments along the Foster Corridor (Foster Road: SE 50th – 122nd Avenue)
Since the approval of the URA Plan Amendment in 2008, and the Neighborhood Economic Development Strategy (2011), PDC has worked with other city agencies to encourage private investment along Foster Road with mixed results.
In response, the Foster Lents Integration Partnership (FLIP) was created to relook at how the City works together with community-based organizations to solve community-identified problems.
Beginning in April 2012, FLIP has led the development of the Foster Corridor Investment Strategy, asking for public feedback on setting investment priorities for the next five years.
Below is a list of 10 investment scenarios for the Foster Corridor. Each investment is not necessarily mutually exclusive. This is by design. Our guiding philosophy around the investment strategy is that it’s “triple bottom line” approach whereby public investments should benefit the environment, economy, and be equitable.
Your challenge is to put a "value" on the results that you think are most important for the Foster Corridor, by spending $500.
You have until February 15 to complete this exercise.
You can distribute the funds evenly to all of the choices or you can spend your money towards one area. Emphasize which are most important to you!
By spending no money in a particular area, you are literally informing the participating city agencies that they should stop or limit future investments in these areas. Even a "small" investment in any area indicates your belief that the city should strive to achieve that result, even if it isn't your top priority.
You may also suggest investments that the whole Foster Corridor can benefit from by adding new investments areas below. Also, please write a statement that reflects your opinion about your priorities.
Click to download a 14.7MB PDF of this map of the Foster Corridor
Improve pedestrian environment.
Activate Foster Corridor by encouraging storefront improvements, outdoor seating at restaurants, streetscape improvements, and other street level activity.
Plant additional street trees.
Plant additional street trees along Foster Corridor to assist in placemaking and to further the City's canopy goals. Larger trees should be planted where possible, and new street trees should take advantage of Foster's wide sidewalks.
Improve sidewalks and curb extensions.
Examine opportunities for enhancing existing curb-tight sidewalks with new landscaping, street furniture (benches, public art, bike racks, etc) along the Foster Corridor. Consider planting groundcover in new curb extensions in the existing parking aisle.
Enhance east/west bicycle and pedestrian connections.
Enhance east/west bicycle and pedestrian connections between Foster (and its surrounding neighborhoods) and SE 82nd.
Re-design Foster Road.
Consider re-designing Foster Road between SE 52nd and the couplet with a two or three-lane cross-section (depending on available right-of-way) that calms traffic, improves crossings between nodes, enhances aesthetic character, increases accessibility to commercial areas, and allows for improved multi-modal access.
Implement an Energy Conservation Program.
Implement an Energy Conservation Program. Work with Clean Energy Works of Oregon to deploy an energy conservation program to Foster area businesses to minimize energy consumption.
Redevelop “catalytic” sites along Foster Road that could spur additional private investment.
Find large and/or catalytic sites along Foster Corridor, west of I-205, to (re)develop with an appropriate and catalytic mix of uses, potentially including commercial, residential, and/or open space.
Support existing businesses and the tenanting of vacant buildings.
Provide grants / loans and technical assistance to facilitate the tenanting of vacant and underused buildings and the growth of existing businesses. Consider temporary uses such as "pop-up shops" and event spaces to draw people to the area.
Increase linkages between significant natural habitat areas.
Increase tree canopy and wildlife linkages between significant habitat areas such as Kelly and Rocky Buttes, Johnson Creek, and Beggar's Tick Wildlife Refuge, (in line with the "Healthy Connected City" theme of the Portland Plan (March 2012)).
Implement a Water Conversation Program.
Implement a Water Conservation Program. Work with the Portland Water Bureau to deploy a water conservation program to Foster area businesses and residences to minimize water consumption.