^
Keep Dallas Observer Free
4

Food Trucks Now a Little Closer to Setting Up Shop in Arts District, Downtown

Patrick Michels went to yesterday's City Plan Commission meeting, where food trucks in the Arts District were among the items on the menu. Next stop, city council -- next month, all goes according to plan. A big reason this got rolling was Arts District exec director Veletta Forsythe Lill, also a former council member. And this morning, in the comments, she cautions: This isn't quite a done-deal, not just yet:

We still have a lot of work to do, including a public hearing before the City Council to change our zoning to allow food trucks in our neighborhood. We are simultaneously working on other parts of the city code which act as barriers to food trucks -- rules such as trucks must move every hour and can only serve a few food types. With changes to those codes food trucks would have more flexibility, not only in the Arts District, but in other areas of town where the zoning already permits food trucks.

This is important to us, but our work will eventually impact many other parts of the city. The real advantage of food trucks is their ability to move to locations based on crowd volume taking advantage of the ebb and flow of audiences -- capitalizing on employment centers, entertainment activities, etc. So they could be at in the Arts District for the theater crowd and another part of the city for a bar crowd.

I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Dallas and help keep the future of Dallas Observer free.

Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.

 

Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.