Street vending is, and always has been, a part of the American economy and a fixture of urban life. In 2008, there were approximately 50 Mobile Food Vendors in the Charlotte area. At the beginning of 2011, there are approximately 7 Mobile Food Vendors left. What changed? The Charlotte City Council changed parts of the zoning ordinance to make it nearly impossible for food trucks to operate within the city limits.
If the Charlotte City Council truly supports local small businesses as much as it says it does, it must support them, rather than prescribe measures that will cause them to go out of business. Mobile Food Vendors deserve the same consideration as any other business in any other part of the city.
Find out more about why food trucks are so important to the local economy, what we’ve been able to accomplish so far, and what you can do to support them.