What if you couldn't by a hot dog or lemon ice from a NY street vendor? No street hawkers in Asia? No street eats in Latin America ...etc, etc?
The city of Salinas is trying to ban taco trucks. This trend is also happening in other cities in the US.
If the food wasn't tasty and serving a purpose, street food wouldn't exist. There would be no reason for laws if no one was making money. Isn't that the whole point to free enterprise?
There is a great article today on KQED's Bay Area Bites blog about this situation that mentions Chowhound and Melanie Wong's Salinas Street Food report. At the end of the article there is a link to a map of the Salinas Street Food that has a summery of what those trucks make best and links back to Melanie's original reports and a recent Salinas Taco Truck crawl by a dozen Chowhounds ... I'm counting the chihuahua.