food trucks

Gabriel Spitzer

You might think of the Seattle Department of Transportation as the city’s pothole-fillers and construction crews. But SDOT is also involved in a whole range of what you might call social-engineering projects—efforts to create vibrant public spaces. 

And SDOT has turned to food trucks in an attempt to transform troublesome downtown spots into welcoming public spaces.

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Portland – among other cities – has a thriving street food scene, with dozens of food carts and trucks serving up a wide range of cuisines. Seattle? Not so much …

Now, the Seattle City Council is expected to consider changes to the city’s restrictive food vending laws that would open up the public streets to food-on-the-go.