Boo Hoo, the self-titled "Food Truck Row" trucks are upset that there are rules regarding vending in and around city parks. Well, eveyone else has to follow the rules. Hot Dog carts, ice cream vendors and even burrito ladies, are subject to the same rules. Why should food trucks be exempt? Maybe, they got the idea from Civic Center Eats? (A special event that occurs at Civic Center park 3 to 5 days a week from mid-May until mid-September. ( Is a summer long event that covers 50+ days a special event?)). Their Trucks don't pay the $200 a month parks fee. Why should "Food Truck Row?"
What are parks for? Are parks a vehicle for private business? I don't blame the "Row" trucks from trying to get in on the action. The Conservancy has set the precedence for parks as a venue, for vending goods with the blessing of City Council and the parks department. Are they the only ones allowed? The B-Cycle program is more in-line with the parks mission. The bikes attract residents to enjoy the open spaces, walk their dogs, meet friends, take a nap, throw the frisbee or just enjoy the view without the obstruction of a commercial fiasco.
Food trucks don't need fewer laws, they need more. Currently the only restriction, is they can't vend Downtown (Colfax to Larimer, 14th to 21st). We need real laws, that prevent them from stealing markets from the brick and mortar businesses that pay the bills and employ the people. There are many restaurant neighborhoods. Cherry Creek, Lo Hi, So Bo, Golden Triangle, Highlands Square, South Pearl, etc.. Why should Downtown restaurants be the only ones protected? Instead, why don't we open the city to the trucks, just make some rules? How many per block? How long? Proper health inspections...
After this food truck fad has died down, will you be happy that your local coffee shop, sandwich joint, bar and grille didn't survive? They're the ones that cultivate your area, not a truck that comes and goes as the business swells.