Zoning for Food Trucks

Food trucks are hot in Los Angeles, but local restaurateurs are understandably upset by the surprise competition. Mobile vendors have banded together and established a "gourmet food lot" downtown as a sort of solution.

Contributing Editor Nate Berg writes in GOOD: "[Matt Geller, president of the Southern California Mobile Food Vendors Association] and his cadre of industrious truck owners had actually tried in early January to set up another mobile food truck lot in nearby Santa Monica, but they were shut down by the city after only one day due to zoning violations. They were parking in the lot of an unused former car dealership, a space volunteered by its owner. But 'mobile food truck vending' is not among the 44 approved land uses listed in the city of Santa Monica's zoning code for that particular property and city officials came early on day two to enforce.

While the food vendors and their enthusiastic followers may have been miffed by the harsh realities of zoning, some city planners see it as a broader and potentially city-changing issue. For a city with notoriously sparse streetlife, the food trucks breathe new life into Los Angeles. Otherwise empty, unused, and essentially dead space, the small lot has found new life through these trucks, and helped to revive a small piece of the landscape."

Full Story: Los Angeles's Food Truck Revolution

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Mobile food trucks

The nice folklore about food trucks is that they are MOBILE. To have them all together parked in a lot is silly in my opinion. Maybe the City has to look for another uses for those empty lots, a real development/urban intervention, including food of course. It seems the City is not helping people who has to pay huge rents for a food retail and comply with hard Health Department regulations. Any restaurant close to these trucks, must surely be closing by now, this is not a way to improve this bad economy.

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