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PORTLAND’S FOOD CART REVOLUTION

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.

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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: http://colabradio.mit.edu/qa-an-interactive-web-documentary-on-medellins-street-vendors/

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 […]

Congressman Blumenauer calls for Friday “cash mob” at carts

September 6, 2012

Go Earl! “Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan will visit Portland’s Governor Hotel for a fundraiser Monday that could close nearby streets and businesses, including a cluster of popular downtown food carts, for security. In advance of that, Democratic U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer is calling on Portlanders to swarm the food carts near the hotel, […]

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