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Food carts are just one part of the wonderful communities of street markets and night markets that are prolific in any Asian community. These markets bring people out of their homes and into contact with their neighbors on an everyday basis. The camaraderie extends from eating to shopping for groceries, household goods, music, sports, even ballroom dancing to a boombox! This does not happen occasionally for a fair or festival, but every day and night of the year.
Unique, inexpensive, and fantastically fun, Asian street markets and night markets are also very popular tourist destinations. Portland, with its vibrant immigrant community and love of all things local, is poised to make the leap from the shopping mall with its bleak commercial sameness to something locally grown, much more personal, and fun.
The concepts of our farmer's markets, the Saturday Market, and the many new food pods, are ready to fuse and grow to full blown street markets and night markets in the neighborhoods, creating jobs, attracting neighbors to come together, and even becoming a tourist attraction to the entire region.
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