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Food Trucks, Cultural Identity, and Social JusticeFrom Loncheras to Lobsta Love$
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Julian Agyeman, Caitlin Matthews, and Hannah Sobel

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262036573

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262036573.001.0001

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Stuck in Park: New York City’s War on Food Trucks

Stuck in Park: New York City’s War on Food Trucks

(p.87) 5 Stuck in Park: New York City’s War on Food Trucks
Food Trucks, Cultural Identity, and Social Justice

Sean Basinski

Matthew Shapiro

Alfonso Morales

The MIT Press

Our applied research/practice team of two attorneys and a social scientist produced this case study of an immigrant woman, who learned to be an entrepreneur. Our central narrative describes how New York City government’s response to mobile food vending prioritized powerful special interests at the expense of expanding economic opportunities in the service of the greater public good. This central narrative develops through our detailed description of an immigrant woman’s circuitous path to business and back to wage labor.

Keywords:   New York City, Women’s Entrepreneurship, Latinos, Food truck, City Regulations, Licensing and Permits, The Street Vending Project

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