Portland is no longer the only city to offer its mobile food vendors—mostly carts — a permanent space in its landscape. Seattle and San Francisco recently followed suit, and now Chicago is preparing to open special zones around the city for food trucks by the end of this upcoming week.
In Portland, Cartopia and Good Food Here are just two “pods” alongside the parking lots of the city’s downtown where food carts gather. In Seattle, architect and food truck owner Stewart Chung organizes food truck pods, like the one at the corner lot where Second Avenue and Pike meets. And the pod becomes a park in San Francisco, as in the case of SoMa Streat Food Park.
Chicago’s city council has approved of 21 loading zones called “stands” throughout the city, where two trucks can park for two hours. The locations were locked down last Wednesday; each location is at least 200 feet away from a restaurant as legally required.
[via Chicago Tribune]