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Food trucks expelled from downtown L.A.'s monthly Art Walk

August 10, 2011 |  1:30 pm

Food trucks expelled from downtown L.A.'s monthly Art Walk

Good thing food trucks are mobile, because the gourmet eateries-on-wheels are being expelled from the core of downtown Los Angeles’ monthly Art Walk.

Starting Thursday -- the day of the next art walk -- food trucks and all other street vendors will be required to set up shop outside the perimeter around Spring and Main, and Third and Seventh Streets.

The decree, according to the city’s new art walk task force, is intended to keep lines of customers waiting for their food orders from blocking sidewalks, and to encourage art walkers to venture outside of the event’s core.

Along with food trucks, the new rule will affect arts and crafts vendors, pop-up sidewalk galleries and street musicians, said Eva Kandarpa Behrend, spokeswoman for Councilwoman Jan Perry.

The City Council-approved task force that made the change was formed after the death of a 2-month-old boy whose stroller was hit by a car at the event last month.

Even before that incident, there had been complaints of crowds spilling into the streets, particularly as the event grew more popular.

Officials believe the ban on vendors will help with crowd control. After the ban was approved Tuesday night efforts were being made to expedite permits for food trucks to set up outside the core in time for Thursday’s event.


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Photo: The Spring Arts Tower is a stopping point on downtown's monthly Art Walk, which draws crowds to shops and galleries. Musicians and gourmet food trucks that have also become part of the scene will have to move outside the core Art Walk area. Credit: Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times