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Street food -- Oregon -- Portland, Food service -- Oregon -- Portland, Vending stands -- Oregon -- Portland, Public spaces -- Oregon -- Portland, Neighborhoods -- Oregon -- Portland


The Urban Vitality Group (UVG) partnered with the City of Portland, Bureau of Planning to study the effects that food carts have on street vitality and neighborhood livability. The number of food carts within the city seems to be growing, while the City lacks sufficient knowledge about the industry to guide policy. The purpose of the study was to assess the benefits and negative consequences of allowing food carts within the city and to ascertain what economic opportunities may be offered by food carts, especially for low-income and minority entrepreneurs. The findings indicate that food carts have significant community benefits to neighborhood livability by fostering social interactions, walkability, and by providing interim uses for vacant parcels. Additionally, carts provide good employment opportunities for immigrants and low-income individuals to begin their own businesses, although there are significant barriers to continued stability and success. The City’s support of the food cart industry can advance the key public values expressed in VisionPDX and benefit all Portlanders. This project was conducted under the supervision of Sy Adler and Ethan Seltzer.


Client: City of Portland, Bureau of Planning


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