. . . Would be nice to see news editors in general taking sides with entrepreneurship, as in this piece, opening thus:
For Chicago food trucks, the fight for business begins before dawn, with a race to save downtown lunch spaces in popular, city-sanctioned serving locations.
Not every operator participates in the early morning scramble, but those who don’t run the risk of losing out on the choicest lunch spots.
“The city just hasn’t given us more food truck zones, so we’re all as food truck operators forced to do these crazy things, like using spot cars and getting there at 5 a.m.,” said Sam Barron, who runs the Fat Shallot and Fat Pickle food trucks with his wife, Sara Weitz.
Stepped-up enforcement of a 2012 city food truck ordinance is creating havoc on the streets. While the fight for legal and profitable parking spaces downtown has intensified, other food trucks have abandoned busy areas like the Loop in favor of neighborhoods with more parking options or towns with more friendly regulations. Still others have gone out of business or closed their trucks altogether.
I speak of importance giving the issue with this slant and maybe hard-copy placement (haven’t read hard copy Trib today). Or maybe I don’t read it enough and miss similar treatments in other issues.
(Not to story reveals a bias, but that any story’s lead ‘graph as above and its closer,
“The rule only serves to protect brick-and-mortar restaurants as a means of preventing competition,” said Robert Frommer, an Institute for Justice attorney representing the food truck. He argues that the ordinance — specifically, its 200-foot-rule and GPS requirement — is unconstitutional.
Pekarik said the restrictions have damaged her business, hurt sales and made it “quite impossible” to find parking in Chicago. She said the situation has gotten progressively worse over her 5 1/2 years in business.
At a brief news conference after the court hearing, city attorney Andrew Worseck said that while he can’t comment on pending litigation, “the city believes that the ordinances challenged in this case strike the right balance between the interests of food trucks and brick-and-mortar restaurants.”
gives a sign of sympathy with the regulation-complaining entrepreneur.)