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Food Trucks in ProvoWith much recent discussion regarding food trucks in downtown Provo, I have been asked frequently for my opinion of food trucks and whether I support the idea of making a place for them in the downtown. I have mixed feelings on the subject. On the one hand, I love food trucks for their entrepreneurial spirit, their ability to fill odd niches, and the somewhat anarchist, take-back-the-streets sort of vibe they bring to a place.
However, as a brick & mortar restaurant owner, I'm also concerned about their impact. Food trucks are somewhat like an "online store" in the sense that they can roll in and out of areas, take what they need and leave to the next hotspot. I think we can all agree that brick & mortar businesses are essential in certain settings and the absence of them carries a heavy cost. No matter how great a deal that book is on Amazon, we still have to face the fact that in our search for great deals we've put local retailers out of business all over the world.
Brick & mortar businesses are directly invested in their communities. They pay more tax, they improve and provide value to the district they are located in and in general their overhead far exceeds that of a food truck. All of which makes trucks seem more attractive. That would be true, IF you didn't care about the health and vitality of the commercial districts in your community. A food truck parked in front of a restaurant is a recipe for disaster. However, food trucks can reach areas that are remote, inaccessible to brick & mortar, and blighted areas that cannot support a physical location, but exhibit a demand nonetheless.
The answer then is a hybrid approach. Food trucks must be zoned appropriately to accent & compliment the existing services provided. There's a relatively new concept in community development and planning called "Placemaking", that would be useful in planning exactly where and how food trucks might be integrated in to a community.
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