Some campaign promises may still come true even though Hillary Clinton lost the electoral vote. From Bloomberg today:
In the presidential election, food carts became a symbol of immigrant rights after Marco Gutierrez, founder of Latinos for Trump, warned on MSNBC that a win by Democrat Hillary Clinton would lead to “taco trucks on every corner,” a threat some Mexican food lovers took as good news.
City lawmakers now bet that increasing the number of cart permits will curb the illegal market. The price would jump to $1,000. The measures also would establish an agency to conduct sanitary inspections and ensure the vendors don’t encroach upon the community.
The outdated permitting system for street food vendors has led to a black market as new operators try to get their hands on the very limited number of permits available. It’s led to the downfall of trucks like the Cinnamon Snail, which was once the Only Good Thing to Eat in Midtown. The city is working toward finally addressing that, but it will naturally face opposition from owners of brick and mortar restaurants.
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