Re: [betaNYC] Thinking about regulation

From: noel h.
Sent on: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 10:03 AM
This is one of the more comical paragraphs… This article feels like it is documenting circus performers.

"The food-truck business, I realized, is a classic case of bureaucratic inertia. The city has a right to weigh the interests of food-market owners (who don’t want food trucks blocking their windows) and diners (who deserve to know that their street meat is edible, and harmless). But many of the rules governing location were written decades ago. In the ’80s, the city capped the number of carts and trucks at 3,000 (plus 1,000 more from April to October). Technically, a permit for a food cart or truck is not transferable, but Andrew Rigie, executive director of the N.Y.C. Hospitality Alliance, said that vendors regularly pay permit holders something like $15,000 to $20,000 to lease their certificates for two years. Legally, the permit holder becomes a junior partner in the new business."


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On Tuesday, 7 May 2013 at 09:41, Ellen McDermott wrote:

Good morning betaNYCers. I hope to see some of you at this weekend's Rethinking Regulation event. (http://www.rethinkingregulation.com/index.html)

Though food trucks are not on the menu for Saturday -- see what I did there? -- I thought some of you might be interested in this op-ed from the NYT this morning about how the city's regulations have not kept up with demand.


Best,

Ellen.

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