On April 1st, Boston’s food truck season began, and it seemed our city stood with arms wide open, welcoming a diverse community of mobile food purveyors, new and old alike. Cities like New York, Los Angeles, and Portland have had strong food truck cultures for a while now, but Boston has been a bit slower to jump on the bandwagon. In the past two years, tensions have developed between food truck owners and advocates, and the local government. This past March, food truck owners were outraged at the lottery system used to determine trucks’ location and hours of operation, and recently, on May 2nd, Boston Magazine’s Colin Kingsbury put forth a thorough report on the state of food trucks in Boston. Kingsbury covers everything from the perceived competition between restaurants and food trucks, Boston’s dwindling reputation for innovation, and his own vision for the future: the Boston Commons peppered with food trucks, picnic tables, and the people of Boston enjoying delicious and affordable nourishment.
So, what do you think? Is the government of Boston helping or hurting the food truck industry? Do you enjoy frequenting food trucks? Do you think they make a positive impact on our community? Are they environmentally sustainable? Which ones would you hate to see go? We’d love to hear your opinions on the matter!