My initial response to this story was a hearty “Huh??” I’m still not convinced. This town sounds like an unhappy bunch. Who doesn’t love a food truck? Or ice cream trucks? Scottsdale, Arizona – that’s who.
Scottsdale apparently has a ban on street vendors that is decades old. A recent measure was floated to lift that ban and it was met with strong opposition from residents. Food trucks are apparently not universally loved. Who knew?
Scottsdale banned the street vendors and food trucks during the 70′s, apparently amid fears they were dealing drugs (no joke.) The proposal would have allowed mobile vendors access to residential streets, so long as they don’t serve warm foods. So pretty much we’re talking ice cream trucks.
Let’s be clear on one point – as is always the case with this kind of thing – that huge swell of opposition came from 15 residents. 15 sticks in the mud showed up to share their displeasure and ruin an opportunity to buy some frozen treats on the streets of Scottsdale. Officials have stated the whole thing is not a “done deal”.
AZCentral.com shares comments from one resident:
“The last thing I want is some guy going in an ice-cream truck up and down the same streets, knowing somebody is on vacation,” said resident Art Lorenzen.
Lorenzen said he installed security measures at his house after a recent spate of crimes in his community.
“A guy driving an ice-cream truck is probably not the best-quality person,” Lorenzen said. “I think that’s one of my concerns, this guy driving slowly down the street, maybe not the first day or second day, but the third day, when they (residents) are on vacation.”
There are food trucks all over Seattle and I don’t think that’s ever been a concern. The lady (Adria Shimada) who runs the Parfait ice cream truck is my hero. She makes ice cream a block from our house in a commercial kitchen and sells it out of her adorable truck. She is not a guy, and she is a quality person. I’ve never seen her checking out to see who’s on vacation, either.
Other, perhaps more reasonable residents, expressed some concern for children who might be running across the street to reach the truck. Plausible.
Scottsdale is one of the outlaws ice cream trucks. Supporters say it would bring back “fond memories of childhood.” But get this, the proposal doesn’t allow the ice cream man to play any music. None of that classic ice cream truck jingle. What gives, Scottsdale?
According to the folks at the The Arizona Republic, the proposal came about when a local teen wrote to the Scottsdale Mayor, Jim Lane, after he discovered his family’s ice cream truck business would be illegal in Scottsdale. The family currently operate their truck in Phoenix.