Yes, a food truck park may seem inauthentic to those who would prefer to eat their fare in their natural habitat. However, the real advantages:
-Single location allows sampling from different trucks. Like typical restaurants, many trucks specialize in ONE thing. Grab a sandwich from the truck with the awesome banh mi and skip their forgettable sides for those killer fries at another.
-Brings in business that trucks wouldn't normally get. Families drive in from the burbs. People go out on casual dates. Hangouts. Hard to do that if a truck is parked--by itself--on the corner of North Ave and Peachtree.
-With so few people actually living in the city, I'd imagine that it would be hard for Atlanta to support many trucks without a food truck park to attract those from outside the immediate vicinity. Even if we are speaking strictly about ITPrs, I find it hard to believe that people would drive from Decatur or Chamblee to Midtown to eat at a hotdog cart parked next to a Marta station.
Food truck park = easy access for the public = more business = more food trucks = more diverse food scene
And yeah, I wish Atlanta had REAL food trucks like in other cities. Unfortunately, I see our lack of actual city dwellers the largest obstacle besides city hall. And lack of decent public transportation.
Creative Loafing Atlanta
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