What happens when you reduce regulations?

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When the Washington D.C. City Council loosened the rules governing food trucks back in 2007, it led to a culinary explosion in the nation’s capital, enabling District lunch-goers to chow down on bulgogi tacos, pork banh mi, gourmet pizza, and more.

Never known as a place for retail innovation, D.C.’s roving lunch scene is starting to compare favorably with such culinary hotspots as New York and Los Angeles, which has been cracking down on its legendary food trucks via a bevy of arbitrary regulations.

D.C.’s bricks-and-mortar restaurants have done their part to lobby for rules that would hobble the new competition, including pushing for a law that would keep food trucks out of entire neighborhoods.

In December 2010, Reason.tv grabbed lunch from the Red Hook Lobster Pound, one of the District’s best-known food truck, to find out why customers were willing to stand in line for an hour in 30-degree weather and fork over $15 for lobster rolls.

I absolutely, positively guarantee you there are politicians working right now to regulate these trucks out of business.

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3 Responses to What happens when you reduce regulations?

  1. notamobster says:

    What? making it legal and easier for people to do business makes people want to do business?

    Whatever. I’ve heard alot of whoppers, but this one takes the taco.

    Just yesterday, Harry Reid said “the American people love government”…the natural extension of which is regulation. Thereby, if we love government, we must also love regulation. Why do entrepeneurs want people to die from salmonella?

  2. R.D. Walker says:

    “Why do entrepeneurs want people to die from salmonella?”

    Because it is sooooooo good for business.

  3. slaphappypap says:

    This was seriously going to be a personal pet project of mine. As soon as it is legal in Chicago. The city has the food truck industry clamped down like rat in a garbage truck. Maybe the suburbs….