Cartopia: Portland’s Food Cart Revolution is a book documenting – through stories and photography – the perfect storm of Portland’s independent culture, artisan economy, and foodie scene that created the street food revolution.


More eco-friendly carts

June 8, 2015

In green building, permaculture and some industrial design circles, there is a lot of discussion about closed loop systems–the idea of using waste as fuel in a circular resource loop. In nature, observes architect William McDonough, there is no waste. Vancouver WA’s Tacofino carts are experimenting with this idea, starting with recycling and exploring biodiesel. […]

Cleaner carts coming to NYC

May 12, 2015

In a partnership with New York City, MOVE systems has unveiled the cart of the future: a mobile cart that runs on compressed natural gas, supplemented by solar with the option to hook up to electricity.  Vendors will lease the cart from MOVE systems. While made for NYC, the cart could be used in other […]

The soundscape of food carts

MIT’s CoLab is collecting soundscapes–audio stories of places–including this street food example from Medellin, Colombia:

UK-based Guardian features Cartopia in its resilient cities series

March 2, 2015

Colin Marshall of the Guardian discusses how Portland’s food cart scene exemplifies Portland’s “container urbanism.”  Cartopia is substantially quoted, as is co-author, Kelly Rodgers, as she explains why Portland’s food carts contribute to Portland’s urban design.  Read the full article here.

Why we need food trucks in a recession

September 7, 2012

Good magazine often offers thoughtful pieces on contemporary issues, and here is a well-articulated article on food trucks. “The argument against food trucks is that they’re stealing the business of more established restaurants and, in the case of California, that they supposedly undermine efforts to feed kids nutritious lunches. But not only are many food […]

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