I disagree with the city report because it did not address health issues like hot water and bathrooms, trash services and infrastructure issues related to carts.
I have no problem with food carts themselves or the concept to enable startups, it a great idea and should be supported but there are also the elements of what happens when you have reckless operators. I just happen to have one next to me that cares for nothing more than shaking down the small operators for free food and high rents and acts like a bull in a china shop.
Only if that parking lot had a responsible operator it would be great... beyond the overflowing trash cans, the stench of blackened fried fish being pumped into my building at an arms reach to their vent, tarps tents umbrellas flying into customers cars, watching operators dump oil and grey water into the corner rain drain only to clog it with each rain storm, Piles of vomit, alcohol and trash debris, increased graffiti, to go containers scattered each morning, fireworks being set off, parties blowing up from 10 pm to 5 am. It's one thing to have a responsible operation and another to build a gin blossom festival fair ground in a residential neighborhood. Since they are mobile units the same laws do not apply to regular businesses. I do not see how they meet the city requirement of a food cart as stated here : http://www.portlandonline.com/BDS/INDEX.CF…
Ticketmaster does the same thing. Beware!
Don't let Randy Lenard See it.. he will swipe it and put some crapy iconic Portland Phrase...
- Hung Much Lower
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