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Real-time map of food trucks comes to L.A.

February 25, 2010 | 11:22 am

Food truck map

LinkinglaTruxmap, a popular service that maps the location of food trucks in New York and San Francisco, has launched a version for hungry Angelenos.

LAist reports that the site’s Google-based map relays the location of open food trucks around the city in nearly real time. It can also show where trucks have been and where they are going to be – with both a mobile and full-sized version:

“There have been various food truck-related websites and iPhone apps introduced to us over the past few months, but none of them satisfied our taste for real-time data until now. Truxmap is a Google Maps mash-up pinpointing the locations and times of where trucks are right now.”

Read the LAist post here, and check out the interactive map.

Here are some other interesting items L.A. is reading on the Web:

24-hour church coming to Echo Park: A late-night church is opening up at the site of a former auto-repair shop. The Eastsider LA reports: “Pastor Edgar Calderon said a night club had also looked at the 7,500-square-foot, Spanish-Colonial-style building before his church purchased the 1928 structure. Instead of late night partying, Calderon said he plans to offer evening prayers services as part of a plan to keep the building open 24 hours a day with outreach services aimed at youth, teen moms, drug addicts and other residents in need of assistance.”

Wal-Mart sets its sights on El Monte: The El Monte City Council voted Wednesday to allow a Wal-Mart to open in the city. The San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports: “The City Council paved the way Wednesday for a Wal-Mart to open at Valley Boulevard and Santa Anita Avenue within two years, reversing an earlier decision. … Ground could be broken within one year and construction could be complete a year after that. ...”

L.A. to remove downtown mural: The city is slated to clean up a mural by a local artist at the downtown bar Down and Out. Curbed LA reports: “Apparently someone complained about the mural, leading the city -- which has various and complicated rules regarding window signage and graphics -- to order it removed. … One local wrote in last night to Curbed saying a "protest" was planned in front of the mural, located at 501 S. Spring Street. …”

Pasadena launches crime map: The Pasadena Police Department has launched an online, interactive crime map. KPCC reports: The Pasadena Police Department has launched a neighborhood crime-mapping page on its Web site as part of what interim Police Chief Christopher O. Vicino called e-policing. … The department is also exploring using social networking Web sites such as Facebook in its crime-fighting efforts.”

-- Anthony Pesce

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