Putting the brakes on food trucks
By Chris A. Pabon
In the Oct. 2 Metro article “A food fight on D.C.’s streets,” the Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) and restaurant owners seem determined to use draconian measures to put a stop to the vibrant food-truck scene. Whatever happened to the free market, where if an entrepreneur can deliver a better product at a lesser price, he is allowed to succeed? One hopes the D.C. government will see that the long lines at these trucks show that people are embracing their arrival and clamoring for more than just hot dogs.
Instead of marshaling resources to try to exile the food trucks from downtown, perhaps the BIDs should attempt to find a way to work with them. The street-food renaissance should be supported, not squashed.
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