this is a response to flynnashby's post. I agree with you about the public space, but there are ways that this can work for the city, taxpayers, and local businesses. I am from Massachusetts, and in Boston, the city is seeing awesome results by their lift on the food truck ban they had just 2 short years ago. The city has selected spots that are rotated by the food truck vendors, and these food trucks have to pay property taxes on those spots that they occupy. They are fined of they do not follow the rules, or are not tidwith the surrounding area. For instance, a food truck owner might have a spot on monday from 10am to 5pm, then another from 6 to 10pm, then on tuesday they might have 2 totally different spots. The city has gone one step further, by putting on their website a way for people to find out where there favorite food truck is on a particular day, by drop down menus. With the way this has developed, the city has a means to know where these food trucks are on certain days, and the food truck owners have piece of mind knowing that they are guaranteed a specific spot. If someone takes their spot they can get them kicked out. This is also a double edged sword as well; if a particular food truck owner wants to let the litter get everywhere, and not keep his area tidy, he faces losing his spot or spots, and fines as well. I have no issue with this myself, in fact i love the fact that the city has found a way to make it work for everyone!
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