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29 Jul

Vancouver is finally getting on board with the food truck movement, recently approving licenses for seventeen vendors. If the offerings of New York and Los Angeles are any indications, we have a lot to look forward to. The already vibrant and creative food culture will have new opportunities to experiment.

There is also great potential beyond a traveling smorgasbord. This Seattle architect’s innovative response to challenging economic times, through a market advice booth, has been well-received. I wonder what other types of work can be liberated from fixed bricks and mortar locations. Both the entrepreneur and consumer benefit, through lower prices as a result of reduced operating costs.

By bringing services to people rather than the other way around could also impact travel behavior. Neighborhoods can be made complete, at least on a temporary basis. These open air interactions would also bring about greater community by gathering people at specific locations at certain times. If implemented at a large scale, parking lots would turn into public plazas, recalling the markets that were community hubs of the past.

Images via Petermedejahthoris, architecture5cents, St. Paul Public Library

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