In the last two years the food cart scene in Portland, Oregon has grown tremendously. Multnomah County estimates that roughly 500 carts are licensed to operate throughout the Portland Metro area. Empty lots and parking areas have spurned the emergence of clusters of food carts, called "pods" (See accompanying photo of food cart pod at SW 5th and Oak). And the pods have become gathering places for neighborhood residents and business communities all over Portland. This photo essay is a look inside the Portland Food Cart scene. It explores the urban landscape, the vendors and owners (mostly independent entrepreneurs), localism and how street food reconnects people to the places we live and to each other.
In New Orleans, access to nutritious food for many residents was a problem before Hurricane Katrina and since then the number of supermarkets has decreased by half. In many neighborhoods it is easier to find fast food than it is to find fresh fruits or vegetables. In a city with a rich agricultural history, there is now a strong movement towards urban farming as a source of growing fresh produce for local consumption.
In early 2005 Grace Potter And the Nocturanals, then a little known rock quartet from central Vermont, released the band's sophomore album — Nothing But The Water. Between March and October 2005 the band toured relentlessly, covering more than 40,000 road miles across North America, averaging close to four shows per week. This photo story is a documentary look at the day-to-day life on the road with Grace Potter and the Nocturnals and their growth from popular local musicians to international touring band. (Photo: Harvard Square — Cambridge, MA)