Sign the Petition: Let the Food Trucks Roam Buffalo

26 Sep

I realize that the regulation of food trucks is not the most pressing matter facing the world, the state, the city, our society, etc. I am fully cognizant of the fact that this is, on the surface, a first world problem.

However, this is also an issue about freedom to do business in a business-unfriendly place. This is an issue about defeating a strict adherence to oldthink with grassroots support for something new, good, and innovative. The very fact that the food trucks in Buffalo have had to unite for a lobbying effort to counteract an effort to run them out of business by existing quick-serve brick & mortar restaurants underscores the difficulty they face in just being allowed to operate in a reasonable way, and in changing presumptions and mindsets.

This isn’t about poaching customers or throwing a middle finger up at existing restaurants.  This is about setting up reasonable, rational regulations to protect the food trucks’ right to do business, and also to protect the concerns of existing brick & mortar restaurants, many of whom are quite supportive of the food truck movement.

Good food and consumer choice wins here. Please sign the petition, linked-to below, which has been endorsed and approved by the Buffalo coalition of food trucks. This will be sent to each Common Council member, as well as the Executive Director of Buffalo Place. Be heard.

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12 Responses to “Sign the Petition: Let the Food Trucks Roam Buffalo”

  1. Jesse September 26, 2011 at 10:37 am #

    I signed it because it’s worthwhile, but change.org sucks balls, forcing you to sign up and be a ‘member’ to do it.

    At least you can click the link in the email, get to your profile, and click Close This Account pretty quickly.

  2. Ismaeal September 26, 2011 at 11:10 am #

    and people wonder why businesses struggle in Buffalo

  3. buffalo progressive September 26, 2011 at 11:17 am #

    @Ismaeal:  They struggle, because folks like Crazy Carl hate it whenever someone gets ahead, other than themselves…

  4. Mike In WNY September 26, 2011 at 11:30 am #

    Now, if only we’d apply the concept of “consumer choice” consistently across the board.

  5. Allen Miller September 26, 2011 at 12:23 pm #

    I do not live in Buffalo, but when I am in NYC I search out the food trucks because they offer great variety fair price. Nothing greater than chatting with the Chef (most of them are very talented) and supervising how your food is made.

    Many times I will walk blocks to find my favorite truck because Nanny Bloomberg has a vendetta against these guys (doesn’t like it they get around the regulations he heaps on them). Seems like you have the same issues developing in Buffalo.

  6. Ismaeal September 26, 2011 at 6:38 pm #

    that’s my point Buffalo Progressive, the city wont let new businesses flourish, I hope you were thinking I was on KKKarl’s side?!?!?!?!

  7. mike in buffalo September 26, 2011 at 9:35 pm #

    At the end of the day, just because you have a food truck and good food to sell that people want to buy doesn’t mean that you can just waltz in and try to run a business in Buffalo. There are people already here steaking their livelihoods on selling food to people. I know that most of those places are closed late at night when some of the food trucks operate but economics is still a zero sum game. The food trucks will take away money that people could have spent at established restaurants. Basically, once you have enough restaurants, no one else should be able to come in and try to compete with them because that would be unfair. The other people got here first. Plus they cant compete in terms of mobility because most of the established restaurants in town would be too big to convert into mobile operations. The buildings alone would be too heavy to cart around, let alone the damage that it would do to our street infrastructure. Think about it.

  8. Hank September 27, 2011 at 12:37 pm #

    I’ll be in town for a few days next month. I rarely go downtown—I mean, what the hell for? But this trip I’m going to go downtown just to EAT OFF A FOOD TRUCK. Entrepreneurs of any stripe who try to make a living with the city circling the bowl deserve support.

  9. Dave Staba September 28, 2011 at 10:13 am #

    Mike in Buffalo – thank you for perfectly summarizing the philosophy that has made Buffalo what it is today. On most of the rest of the planet, succeeding in business is not a matter of first-come, first-serves. It’s about who provides the best product or service and the best value. I’m curious — how should it be determined when there are ‘enough restaurants,’ or enough of anything else? Common Council vote? Mayoral fiat? Or should it just be left up to Carl?

  10. Sean C. September 28, 2011 at 11:30 am #

    @Mike in Beijing did you read what you wrote before clicking “Post your comment”? 

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