Portland Food Carts Could Be Saved By Culinary Corridor: Proposal

PORTLAND, OR – With Portland’s largest food cart pod slated to be evicted in the coming months, there’s an effort to save them. Three cart advocates appeared at the Oct. 31 City Council meeting to argue for the creation of a "culinary corridor" to give them a new home.

The proposal would move the 55 carts currently along SW Alder Street between 9th and 10th Avenues and move them to a stretch of the Park Blocks between Director Park and O’Bryant Square.

The proposal by Foodcarts.com founder Brett Burmeister, Daniel Huerta – the owner of the Churros Locos carts – and Randy Gregg, who writes about urban design for Portland Monthly and other outlets, won’t be a simple task.

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There would to be changes to the zoning and parking codes, among other things.

Burmeister is undaunted.

"Food brings people together," he told the council. "We create community space.

Mayor Ted Wheeler called the presentation "a very exciting concept" and asked for a copy of it.

Burmeister and the others are asking that a feasibility study to examine their proposal be fast-tracked.

It’s not clear when the Alder carts will lose their home. The plan is for them to lose their home and be replaced by a 33-story building that would house office space, a hotel, and condos.

Construction could begin early next year.

Rendering by Hennenberry Architects.

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