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Monday, January 10, 2011

The dream of the '90s is alive, cont'd

Portland's so big on food carts -- I guess it's only logical that the concept be extended to clothes shops.

What's next? I'm not sure I'm going to be comfortable at doctor visits in the back of an old UPS truck.

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Not a chance of the doctors' vans. Unlike vintage clothing, medicine still requires a modicum of ability.

Has Randy cleared the double-decker bus in terms of fire safety? An inferno of burning clothes and no escape from the top deck...

There you go again with the hate speech.

This is a joke, right?

See we don't need urban renewal for "mixed use" condo bunkers. We just need a bunch of parking lots to plant our various carts.

The more overbearing and unfriendly the City and BDS becomes toward business, the more we'll see things like this. Seriously, why go through the hassle of getting a permit for tenant improvements and paying outrageous SDC fees and taxes...just get in your bus and drive off.

Go by double decker bus!!!

I don't think any of those vehicles can actually be driven too far.

Given Portland's success with Saturday Market, food carts, and Dignity Village, I have to wonder why Portland needs ANY permanently built, environmentally-unfriendly structures. Every structure should be temporarily, relocatable, and self-sufficient - thus no need for permanently installed utilities (and of course that means everything will be solar powered, maybe some wind especially along the Columbia River), and cannot leave any traces when moved.

Since they are small structures that occupy little space, we'll have no need for yards or other empty spaces, so we can just slide them in nice big groups with little wasted land area.

In 100 years, the land will be pristine and without the environmental scars of light rail tracks, massive bridges, and skyscrapers impeding our views of nature's finest - the Tualatin Hills.

Indeed: "Since the bus doesn’t run, Sutherland had it towed to its current location"

Does anyone over the age of 30 actually buy any of this grossly overpriced stuff from her?
You can buy designer samples on the web from known designers for way less than what this woman is selling her stuf for.
And if there was a Loehman's in Portland, people like this would never even try to compete.

An excellent business model for accounting and tax preparation, except that you would surely want to keep the vehical operational -- maybe even warmed up and idling -- to be prepared for a range of contingencies.

A dental van is based in my community for low income, There are portable x ray, CT and MRI semi trailers. Many taco trucks take a bit to fire up, but the "vehicle" label is important. I think some "green behind the ears" Portlander's should pool the green money and invest in a couple of Mules to move a collection of mobile businesses around. Oh how European!

a couple of Mules to move a collection of mobile businesses around. Oh how European

I'd love to know where in Europe you go.

A vehicle that is undrivable is considered a derelict vehicle and as such, by city code, could be impounded.

That said, these "micro-businesses" are a way for people to start their own business and create income for themselves rather than sit around and wait for a handout. Although it seems that we're regressing to a 3rd world economic model with the food and/or clothing carts.

Where are the tattoos on the model holding the umbrella?

Allen L.

Well not this century!

Great, the "Dignity Village" of shopping malls.

What about ADA rules such as wheelchair access?

These are exciting times over at Oregon Wilderness Moonsuit Tours as the future looks promising, but trying to keep a GPS record of all these gypsy carts and their many locations is proving a pain.

Do you think in five years anybody will care to tour where the carts once were?

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