I try to avoid overt shilling on PS, but I'm really curious what people think about this. Because NAC is a national publication, they tend to draw less local readers than other Philly-based news sites (and less nutty commentators). So, I have no sense if people will freak out or really support this idea. Could see either happening.
Councilman Confirms Timeline for Philly Food Pods – Next American City
For those of you unfamiliar with this concept, a few years back Portland allowed mobile food vendors (i.e. food trucks, carts, etc) to use their vending licenses on privately owned parking lots, as opposed to designated vending spots, like a parking lane in the downtown. Since then, their food truck scene has exploded, and many neighborhoods now have so-called "food pods", clusters of trucks on what were underutilized surface lots. Neighborhoods rapidly increase their dining options, food trucks do better business, culinary aspirants have a cheaper way to but their foot in the dining scene, and the city makes money off increased vending licenses. Everyone wins, right?
But I can already imagine Phillydelphinz crying about competition for brick-and-mortar restaurants, how someone's gonna open a food truck next to their house, how the whole city will be on fire in six months. Squilla is working on a new zoning ordinance which he says will be out before November, so hopefully some of the freakout can be avoided by talking this issue over on a forum the same dozen people post in all the time. Thoughts?