The History of Street Food

A radio interview in Chicago talks about the merits of street food and the historical reasons for restrictions on vendors.
January 23, 2010, 5am PST | Tim Halbur
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"INTERVIEWER: Why do we outlaw street vendors in Chicago?

INTERVIEWEE: One, we have a very powerful restaurant lobby that did a lot to shoot down the smoking ban, if you recall a few years back and put that off for several years. And obviously they don't want the competition on their doorstep. I also think historically it's wrapped up in anti-immigrant sentiment. Historically, people looked down on Italians or Greeks were eating, and it was one thing for them to be eating their strange olive oil and garlic in their house, but it was another thing for them to be eating it right in front of us."

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Published on Wednesday, January 20, 2010 in WGN Radio 720
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