A Tale of Two Portland Food Carts and a Stifling Heat Wave

On Sunday, August 13, temperatures in Portland climbed past the 100 degree Fahrenheit mark yet again, the beginning of a multi-day heat wave in the Willamette Valley.

Historically a temperate area, Portland was not particularly designed for triple-digit temperatures: Many buildings in Portland don’t have air conditioning, which includes the city’s restaurants. But Portland’s food cart scene is particularly impacted by temperature spikes, because of the nature of their kitchen. Food carts, often giant metal boxes that trap heat, can get 10 or 20 degrees hotter than the outdoor temperature — sometimes even higher. It creates a challenging, if not dangerous, work environment for the cooks on board,

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