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Food carts under scrutiny

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Thursday, December 02, 2010

Portland Commissioner Randy Leonard said he has asked building inspectors to make illegal food cart decks and patios a top priority.

Leonard said he is most concerned about a downtown parking lot packed with food carts along Southwest Third Avenue at Washington Street. He said one covered deck on the lot is operating "flagrantly in violation of building, fire and zoning codes." He said carts on that lot "add up to an entire block filled with illegal structures."

Leonard's move comes a few weeks after KATU reported on illegal structures on downtown food cart lots and as Portland's quirky food cart scene continues to attract national media attention. Leonard said he supports the thrifty twist on Portland's foodie scene but said the city must do more to protect the public's safety.

Read more at OregonLive.com.

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0 #1 The City our "Protector"Lisa 2010-12-02 11:01:28
How hilarious that Leonard wants to "protect" us from food carts but the city government has no concern about the potential for another would be jihadist.

Wow, my hero! Randy will protect me from plastic bags (evil!) and potential for some food borne illness. I feel so very safe!
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0 #2 what a jokee 2010-12-02 11:15:24
how about we let it be and soak up the national attention we are getting? Better yet, how about the city gives some money to support the food cart structures!?
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