Mar 31, 2013

Neighborhood Mtg.This Wednesday, April 3rd 6:30 pm MSCC

Hey Neighbors,

I hope you enjoyed this amazing sunny weekend! It seemed as though everyone was outside doing lots of yard work. This Wednesday, April 3rd is our monthly neighborhood meeting at 6:30 p.m. at Mt. Scott Community Center.

PBOT staff will be joining us and talking about the Foster Streetscape Plan and the alternative design options that the Citizen Advisory Committee have been reviewing. If you can't make this meeting there will be a Foster Streetscape Open House, soon. We will be posting the information as soon as we know the date, time and location.  Also, we will be hearing about a new coalition that is forming to improve safety on 82nd Avenue.  If you are interested in transportation issues, this is your meeting!

The Neighborhood Clean Up is Saturday, May 4th from 9:00 am to 2:30 p.m. at Arleta School.  We welcome volunteers for the clean up and if you are interested in doing a street clean up that morning send me an email. Neighbors are interested in cleaning up the streets and we will be providing supplies.

Hopefully will see you on Wednesday, agenda below.

Happy Spring,
Erika Palmer-Wilson
MSA Board Chair

Mar 26, 2013

Graffiti Prevention and Removal

Many Neighbors have been talking about the recent rash of graffiti that has hit our area over the past week. Foster Road, 64th, Woodstock, and 72nd Avenues have all been hit.  Preventing graffiti reduces fear and improves neighborhood pride.

  Here's what YOU can do! 
       Office of Neighborhood Involvement-Graffiti Hotline:
 Or,  Police Non-emergency:

      Or, If you witness it occurring, 9-1-1!
        (Keep Reading for More Info)

Mar 21, 2013

The Wizard of Oz at Franklin High School

Follow the yellow brick road over the rainbow to the Franklin High School Auditorium for an enchanting presentation of “The Wizard of Oz.” This classic musical will land for six performances: April 11, 12, 19, and 20 at 7 p.m. and 2 p.m. matinees on April 13 and 21.

This full-scale production, featuring more than 80 students, transports you to the magical Land of Oz, following Dorothy and her friends through such favorite tunes as “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “Follow the Yellow Brick Road,” “If I Only Had a Brain” and “We’re Off to See the Wizard.”

Mar 13, 2013

Foster Streetscape Plan: Status Update March 2013

By Marcel, MSA Transportation Chair

The City of Portland has been working on the revision of the Foster Streetscape plan over the last several months, and the project is now getting into a phase where the first preliminary options are 
taking shape. The City is reporting on its progress and continues to collects feedback from the Citizens Advisory Group, which consists of different community representatives such as several Neighborhood Association board members, local business owners, SE Uplift, the pedestrian coalition, etc.

Although there is still much work to be done, and a long way to go till everything is finalized and ready 
for implementation, some early insights are now available and there is reason for excitement and 
optimism. The project team has developed and analyzed different cross-section alternatives for different 
road segments of Foster Road. The City is currently working on an analysis of several full alternatives, 
based on basic cross-section alternatives. These full alternatives will provide a lot of the details for the 
specific intersections, transitions, and other special situations.
Some of the main highlights are:

Mar 12, 2013

This Saturday on Foster!

It's that time of the month again
Foster Art Night!

Come on people...get out in the neighborhood to support the businesses and artists who are making our community a much better place to live!

I'm a fan and you should be too!

Mar 6, 2013

Neighborhood Survey Results!

Is not knowing the results of the neighborhood survey keeping you up at night? Don’t worry, you can rest now and hit that REM state to dream about future neighborhood gatherings and helping to create a thriving community. Last year the MSA Neighborhood Association received a grant from Southeast Uplift to develop and deliver a survey to our residents. Rose Community CDC, the Portland Enrichment Project, and Mt. Scott Community Center (MSCC) were also project partners that helped with translation, survey development, and the free day passes to those that participated to MSCC. Neighborhood volunteers developed the questions, stuffed and delivered a little over 1,000 surveys, analyzed the data and planned a survey results party that took place last month at the Bob White Theater – over 100 people attended this event! We didn’t hit every household in the neighborhood (we also had the survey online), but we did received almost 200 survey responses back. This is actually a GREAT response rate from our neighbors and a big kudos to all of you that participated. Hope you have used that free day pass to MSCC! (scroll to the bottom of post to see view the results).

Mar 5, 2013

Interested in Transforming Your Alley? Participate in this Cool Project!

Mill Street Community Planning is a group of six graduate students from Portland State University working in the Foster Corridor to explore the revitalization of alley space within the Lents, Mt. Scott-Arleta, and Foster-Powell neighborhoods. Similar to many communities throughout the city, alleys within the Foster Green EcoDistrict are often considered a liability rather than a potential resource. The EcoDistrict Steering Committee has an interest in understanding the potential of local alleys to become active, vibrant spaces, identify community needs and concerns regarding alley revitalization, and determine how the effective transformation of these spaces can be achieved. We will conduct an engagement process to incorporate residents’ values and priorities related to alley space in their community.

Mar 1, 2013

Holgate Library News for March

Hello again from your Holgate Library, serving East and Southeast Portland, a fair field of folks from Happy Valley, and anyone else who walks in the door!  Today: Project Clean Slate, and your Database du Jour.
Has your driver's license been suspended for unpaid fines? Do you owe child support that you want to pay but just don't see how you can? Is there a minor criminal conviction on your record that is standing in your way? If you have a record with Multnomah County, or know someone who has, Project Clean Slate can help.

Spring into the March MSA N'hood Mtg! Wed. March 6 at 6:30 p.m.

Hey Folks,
If you and your neighbors live along an alleyway and have wondered about what you can do to make it more of a vibrant attractive space come and learn about the Alley Allies project.  This project focused in Mt. Scott Arleta, Foster-Powell and the Lents neighborhood will be looking at the network of alleys and working with neighbors to think of creative solutions to revitalizing some of these currently underutilized spaces. If you want to find out more, come to the MSA N'hood Meeting this upcoming Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Mt. Scott Community Center.  You can also learn more about this project on Facebook.  "Friend" the Alley Allies project at

Come learn about the SE Portland Neighborhood Food Project and how you can help build community and share food with those in need.  Learn more about the project here,  or come to the MSA N'hood Meeting!

Also, we will be discussing Neighborhood Social Events! Maybe a summer BBQ or Block Party in our future?

See the agenda below for more community volunteer events & activities!