Mobile Food Truck Rally For Justice
  • Petitioned The City of Hoboken

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Hoboken Council President Ravinder Bhalla
The City of Hoboken

Mobile Food Truck Rally For Justice

    1. Hoda Mahmoodzadegan
    2. Petition by

      Hoda Mahmoodzadegan

      New York, NY

Chapter 147 will deny the local community of loyal customers from the affordable, convenient, and quick quality food and services offered by mobile food truck vendors (such as ourselves). This simultaneously denies mobile vendors access to their target audience; a freedom built-in to the design of their small business and one which they rely on in order to survive. Chapter 147 will force current mobile food truck vendors to park at least 100 feet away from any brick and mortar establishments and 50 feet away from any other mobile food truck, effectively uprooting us from our most trafficked, consumer-serving spots. We opened our trucks so that we could specifically move around and satisfy a diverse base of consumers on the move; people like us who have limited time and budgets.

Our mobile food truck businesses should not have to take the blame for struggling brick and mortar establishments. In the past, local favorite food trucks have been wrongfully blamed for the economic woes of nearby businesses - more upscale, dinner establishments, which in fact cater to a distinctly different crowd; not the commuter crowd and others who lack the convenience of time who we serve. This crowd is the force behind our business prosperity – people who themselves cannot spend time at sit-down spots, spots such as those we are being pushed away from by chapter 147, due to such unfounded, exaggerated finger-pointing. We’re at their mercy. Please help.

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    • Courtney DuBois HOBOKEN, NJ
      • almost 3 years ago

      Food trucks bring convenience and diversity to Hoboken. Their food is always delicious, and they should be afforded all the opportunities of other small businesses.

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    • John Koppisch HOBOKEN, NJ
      • almost 3 years ago

      Why are folks so afraid of honest competition? People need to get a foothold on the economic ladder and laws like this knock out the lower rungs and protect the people who have already made it.

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    • adrienne rawlins HOBOKEN, NJ
      • almost 3 years ago

      They are a welcome change to "brick and mortar" places.

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    • Jason Clampet HOBOKEN, NJ
      • almost 3 years ago

      I don't understand why anyone in the city would seek to hurt small business owners who are providing a service everyone loves -- with the exception of competitors. When a person chooses to spend $9 bucks on a sandwich from a truck it's not b/c it's cheap, it's b/c it's delicious. Perhaps the complaining restaurant owners should spend more time in their kitchens than complaining to City Hall.

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    • Ted Dougherty HOBOKEN, NJ
      • almost 3 years ago

      This is a way for existing businesses to use legislation to erect barriers to competition. Chapter 147 is just crony capitalism on a local scale.

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