Tuesday, December 6, 2016

THEY TOLD ME IF I DIDN'T VOTE FOR HILLARY, WE WOULDN'T HAVE TACO TRUCKS ON EVERY CORNER. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! I like the option of going to a food truck for lunch, but Chicago's regulations are killing the industry
It's a tough time to be a food truck in Chicago.

After a four-year court battle, a Chicago food truck owner on Monday failed in her effort to overturn what she calls "burdensome" and "damaging" rules governing mobile vendors in the city. The judgment likely will have a significant and lasting impact on Chicago's food truck industry, which has struggled to grow, in contrast to other U.S. cities.

Food truck owners say the regulations, first passed in 2012, have hurt sales and caused many trucks to go out of business altogether. Those who remain say they're locked in hypercompetitive fights for parking at the most popular serving locations in the Loop, and are forced to adopt extreme strategies, like sending out cars to hold lunch spots in the early morning hours, or opting to serve in more food truck-friendly areas outside downtown.

"The food truck industry will survive, it will thrive, just not in the city of Chicago," said Robert Frommer, the Institute for Justice attorney who represented food truck owner Laura Pekarik in the case. "Look at LA, look at New York, look at Philadelphia. They all have vibrant food truck scenes because they don't play favorites."

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