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Would you like to see food vendor carts in Lawrence?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on September 14, 2010

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Photo of Jose Espinola

“Yes, I like them, and we have them in Paraguay.”

Photo of Aaron Marable

“Absolutely, especially food carts that support local agriculture.”

Photo of Andrew Smith

“Yeah, it would be nice to see them in grocery store parking lots during lunch or on street corners here on Mass. Street.”

Photo of Alex Hubbard

“Yes, (I like) diversity. Gyros would be nice.”


H_Lecter 7 years, 8 months ago

Everything does seem to taste better when eaten beneath the canopy of heaven.

The meat inside the bun that has been cooked long and low. It's so tender that it tears apart, as if it were pulled pork...but it isn't is it?

RoeDapple 7 years, 8 months ago

Back in '58/ '59 there was a taco vendor in North Topeka who liked cats. Anybody's cats. Seems cats were always disappearing in N. Topeka. The tacos were very popular though . . .

Bill Lee 7 years, 8 months ago

We've had hot dog carts on Mass before.

Flap Doodle 7 years, 8 months ago

Only if they have pedals so people can ride along while they eat.

nobody1793 7 years, 8 months ago

Only if it is the tamale guy from the Saturday farmers market. Otherwise, no.

Frederic Gutknecht IV 7 years, 8 months ago

We must maintain our individual rights to virulent cleansing!~)

Brad Maestas 7 years, 8 months ago

You're kidding, right? What flawed logic do you subscribe to? Junk food? Wrappers? It's not the same as the roach cart that comes by construction sites selling Twinkies and those microwavable faux-burritos you get at gas stations. I very much doubt that if we have one late-night cart, it would be "to" much of a problem to handle. One inspector should be able to handle the load for the foreseeable future.

Chris Ogle 7 years, 8 months ago

Would you like to see Food Vender Carts in Lawrence?

Never heard of that band..... what kinda music is it?

geekin_topekan 7 years, 8 months ago

Why would anyone want to deny prosperity to their fellow American?

How could anyone gain the power to do so?

Food safety is hardly the issue, what about the farmer's market? (Dogs running around and people handling the food)

Caesar_Augustus 7 years, 8 months ago

I thought those dogs running around were the food.. Maybe I've been doing it wrong?

pea 7 years, 8 months ago

jstthefacts - Let's ban everyone from eating or carrying anything down Mass so that we can be assured of a litter-free downtown. We had also better put a moratorium on new restaurants too, since they also create the 'problem' of monitoring food safety.

somedude20 7 years, 8 months ago

I would like to see a cart run by the Allstars women. Yum yum, getting food from a half-naked girl at 2am.....that would stick it to Osama (not Obama, Tom!)

Allstars Late Night Meat Emporium, I like!

estespark 7 years, 8 months ago

There is a finite number of people and income in Lawrence. One must ask - are there enough street meat dollars in Lawrence to support more food carts?

Flap Doodle 7 years, 8 months ago

Will they use salt refined from the bitter tears of disappointed progressives?

jimmyjms 7 years, 8 months ago

That'd be fine, snap, as long as there's no e. coli from the utter BS peddled by the likes of you.

ToriFreak13 7 years, 8 months ago

Pretty sure you can get Gyros @ the Mad Greek...during normal business hours...when a human should actually be eating that many calories. Our country is obese enough and we want to encourage upcoming generations to shove 600+ calories down their throat at 3am? To top it off as stated already...these carts will become transient traps. The same people complaining about the homeless issue want this free enterprise venture? lol Not to mention these cart vendors will just avoid submitting state food sales tax until they get a letter in the mail then move to Missouri. No No No!

Brad Maestas 7 years, 8 months ago

What's the infatuations with gyros? There's so much more out there than just gyros as far as Mediterranean street food goes. Baby steps I suppose. Let's get gyros first then we can talk about falafel, souvlaki, shawarma and shish kebab.

blindrabbit 7 years, 8 months ago

I'm for free enterprise as much as anyone, but some real issues with street vendors unless carefully regulated.

  1. Are vendors going to be honest about collecting sales tax.
  2. Are vendors at an advantage compared to property tax paying storefront owners.
  3. Sanitary conditions, are wash sinks available to vendors.
  4. Are restrooms available to vendors and patrons; as required in storefronts.
  5. Who is going to take care of trash generated by these operations.
  6. What determines when closure should be required due to weather conditions.
  7. What City and State licenses are required.
  8. Are foods prepared in sanitary conditions.
  9. What kind of liability insurance will be required.

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