Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Raleigh and the Food Cartel

Just read this one in the print edition of Carolina Journal.

Raleigh wants to limit food truck access to the city. And it's really interesting why.

When asked why the city restricts the number and location of mobile food units, Raleigh City Councilwoman Mary-Ann Baldwin said it was necessary to protect established restaurants from competition and to keep the streets looking neat and tidy.

“You want to balance what’s good for the entrepreneur with what’s good for your restaurant owners,” Baldwin said. “You don’t want to hurt them and put them out of business. They’ve made a huge investment.”

So it's the job of the city of Raleigh to deny consumer choice to protect restaurateurs from competition?

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