|[Food truck park in Portland, where everything's cool.]|
But I don't dislike them, and I get why others enjoy the experience. I think the model is a hell of a lot better than skyway status quo.
Two years ago I found myself in downtown Portland, and they had food trucks that occupied their surface parking lots downtown. It seemed like an elegant way to accomodate street vending while simultaneously filling in the parking lot desert.
I wrote about that today on Streets.mn. Here's the punchline:
This would be a great idea. It reminds me of last week's post on the Wabasha Street plaza. Or places like the Unidale mall or the Lake Street K-Mart on their best days, places that despite all odds, actually have a pulse.
The one caveat I can see property owners having is that installing a "plaza" or "park" would make it theoretically more difficult to redevelop the land (which, we must remember, has been sitting and 'waiting' for redevelopment for half a century at this point).
One solution is to make them "pop-up parks," which might reinforce their temporary status. Anything's better than what we have now.
|[Same goes for Saint Paul.]|