You may have to travel a little further to find a food truck when you come hungry from downtown Denver’s busiest bars.
What’s Happening: The city has temporarily banned truck drivers from serving late-night snacks along certain areas of LoDo to break up crowds and tackle downtown crime.
Why it matters: The move marks another strike for a struggling downtown that appears to have lost its luster, and another strike for small business owners still struggling due to the pandemic.
What they say: The DPD claims that moving food trucks will get people to leave the center after hours and prevent large gatherings from causing safety concerns.
Notably, the city’s decision comes just weeks after Denver police shot an armed man in LoDo and injured six bystanders exiting bars in the area. DPD and the mayor’s office say the new policy was not prompted by the incident.
The flip side: food truck owners are outraged and industry leaders say operators have been unfairly “targeted.”
The big picture: Crime continues to rise in Denver, and downtown remains one of the city’s violent hot spots.
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