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Proposal calls for ‘culinary corridor’ to save downtown food carts

A small group of food cart enthusiasts is putting forward a proposal to keep a large contingent of food carts downtown even as development replaces the parking lots where they’ve thrived.
Their idea: a “culinary corridor,” with carts taking over some of the curbside parking along Southwest Park and Ninth avenues between Director Park and O’Bryant Square.
That’s no small lift. It could require major changes to the city’s parking regulations and other parts of city code, as well as the county’s health codes — and someone would need to manage the whole program.


(Hennebery Eddy Architects)

Portland’s largest food cart pod at Southwest 10th Avenue and Alder Street is slated for redevelopment, and cart owners have been told they might need to vacate as soon as May.
“Suddenly the city loses out on 55 lunch spots, 55 small businesses,” Burmeister said. “We need to find a way to preserve a piece of Portland that has been a part of the city for more than 30 years now.”
One section of the Alder Street Food Cart Pod has already been vacated for construction of a 12-story, 197-room Moxy Hotel by Marriott. Across the street, a proposed 33-story hotel, office and condo tower would replace the larger collection of carts, and construction could begin as soon as next year.

By Elliot Njus | The Oregonian/OregonLive | Posted October 31, 2018 at 08:53 AM | Updated October 31, 2018 at 12:13 PM

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