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Reader: Civic Center Eats looks like the Nebraska State Fair!

It was just two years ago that Steuben's Food Service became the very first food truck to roll into Civic Center Park, a ground-breaking, if not turf-smashing, development that rated a cover story in Westword. Today, of course, mobile food vendors are all over the city -- and Civic Center Eats, whcih kicked off its seventh season last week with a welcome from Mayor Michael Hancock, is bigger than ever.

Civic Center Eats will be back in the park at 11 a.m. today -- but not everyone is greeting this movable feast with open arms.

Writes Disgusted in Denver:

It's difficult to imagine a more inappropriate and crass commercialism of a public place than the parking of thirty tacky and gaudy catering trucks in the middle of Civic Center Park! The Civic Center Conservancy has taken it upon themselves to seize control of a park belonging to the people and ruin its aesthetic beauty by making it look like a Nebraska State Fair, to support funding of their dubious non-profit. It is amazing that they have those ugly trucks parked in the middle of the park all day long for an event that is supposed to take place from 11 to 1! They are going to ruin the beauty of our Civic Center Park, two days a week, all summer long! The event which benefits the Conservancy doesn't draw enough of a crowd to support the businesses involved; it is just another tax deduction for the parasitic rich looking to employ their useless children. Meanwhile a third of the park, restored by the taxpayers, remains fenced off from use! Shame on the self-serving Conservancy sitting on their fat useless asses in their plush office! Shame on the corrupt public officials who stood by and let this happen!

Whew! What do you think of Civic Center Eats? Is it a blight...or a boon?

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