Downtown Las Vegas battle over food trucks goes online
CREATED Jun. 10, 2013
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- At the RTC's bus transit on Bonneville in downtown Las Vegas, food trucks could fill a need. There's not a fast food joint in sight.
Bus rider Jan Roberts said, "I think they're great if they come around and they offer food to people that could get a lunch."
Fellow bus rider, Max Poeks, agreed, "Instead of running down around the corner, which there aren't that many places, they're right there, you know."
Other bus riders said the convenience isn't worth it. Christine said the food trucks are too expensive, "I don't like them. I don't like the food on the trucks."
Pam Ridgell doesn't like the idea of food trucks parked at the transit center either. But when asked if she had any suggestions on where the city could put the food trucks, she had a simple answer, "No."
City officials want to change that with YourVoiceVegas.com. The website lets everyone in the Valley suggest permanent sites where food trucks can park in downtown Las Vegas, as long as they are 150 feet away from permanent restaurants.
Food trucks already park at the Regional Justice Center, one of three sites already proposed, along with Las Vegas City Hall and the RTC Transit Center.
Christopher Laporte owns Insert Coins on East Fremont. He said he understands restaurant owners' concerns over food truck competition, but feels both sides need to focus on a bigger picture, "There's got to be compromise between both sides, but I'm always for bringing more people downtown."
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