National Street Vending Initiative


Download IJ Reports: Food-Truck Freedom: How to Build Better Food-Truck Laws in Your City and Seven Myths and Realities about Food Trucks: Why the Facts Support Food-Truck Freedom
See the online compendium of the laws discussed in Food-Truck Freedom.


Download: Streets of Dreams: How Cities Can Create Economic Opportunity by Knocking Down Protectionist Barriers to Street Vending
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The Ongoing Struggle Against a Lawless Mayor

On February 14th, Judge Shawn Ellen LaGrua of the Fulton County Superior Court declined to find Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed in criminal contempt for failing to comply with her previous orders and issue vending permits to Stanley Hambrick, Larry Miller, and dozens of other vendors who have been suffering and out of work for months.  The Institute for Justice has appealed the case and the injunction to the Georgia Supreme Court for review this Spring. 

Last November, the Atlanta City Council enacted a complete rewrite of its vending law.  The new legislation, hurried through minutes before a court hearing, was passed to protect Mayor Kasim Reed from facing any legal consequences due to his failure to comply with a court order that mandated that he issue vending permits under an earlier version of the law.  Moreover, Atlanta’s new law obliterates vending at Turner Field, where IJ clients Larry Miller and Stanley Hambrick worked for over twenty years, and forces would-be vendors to spend thousands of dollars before they can even try to start climbing the economic ladder.

Had Mayor Reed complied with his legal obligations, Larry, Stanley and Atlanta’s other vendors would have been able to apply for and receive vending permits for their old locations under the old vending law.  To prevent Mayor Reed from benefitting from his lawless behavior, the Institute for Justice on December 3rd asked the Fulton County Superior Court to find Mayor Reed guilty of criminal contempt and to issue an injunction allowing vendors to immediately return to their traditional vending locations through October 2014.  

See the full timeline of the years-long battle between street vendors and the city of Atlanta here.

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About the National Street Vending Initiative

Through its National Street Vending Initiative, the Institute for Justice works to defeat anti-competitive restrictions that violate the constitutional rights of street vendors to earn an honest living.  This initiative combines litigating against these restrictions in state and federal courts, helping vendors organize in order to fight these restrictions through activism, and educating the public about the importance—both economically and socially—of street vendors. 

Do you want to join our fight to legalize street vending in your city? Are you a vendor whose business is being hurt by protectionist laws? Please email











Tampa: World's Largest Food Truck Rally II (March 29-30, 2014) 


Tampa: World's Largest Food Truck Rally (August 31, 2013)


Chicago: Recipe for Success (April 27, 2013)

Baton Rouge

Pittsburgh: Community Support Rally (October 14, 2012)


New Orleans: Let the Food Trucks Roll (July 24, 2012)

Bloomington, MN

Chicago: My Streets, My Eats Mobile Food Symposium (April 14, 2012)





Cranston, RI

Food Trucks Thrive Under New City Laws Times-Picayune (April 1, 2014)


Council Fine-Tunes City's Operating Rules for Food Trucks, San Diego (March 7, 2014)

El Paso

City Council to Consider New Rules for Food Trucks Baltimore Sun (March 3, 2014)

Englewood, NJ

Baltimore County Council Passes Countywide Food Truck Bill Baltimore Sun (January 23, 2014)

Hialeah, FL

San Diego Food Trucks in Flux San Diego City Beat (December 4, 2013)


Your Favorite Food Vendor Could Get Arrested Salon (November 24, 2013)

Las Vegas



Food trucks get legal push in Akron (July 23, 2013)


Judge issues ruling that could mean vendors can return to work; city disagrees The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (July 2, 2013)



Food trucks allowed to drive ahead with suit against city ordinance The Chicago Sun Times (June 13, 2013)


Street Fight: Food Trucks vs. Restaurants Wall Street Journal (August 9, 2012)

Salem, OR Get Your Kitchen Out of My Parking Space! Slate (February 22, 2012)
Spokane In food truck fights, libertarian law firm takes a stand The Washington Post (August 18, 2011)
St. Petersburg
Washington, DC
Fashion Trucks
Washington, DC
Food Trucks
York, PA



Asociación de Vendedores Ambulantes

My Streets, My Eats Mobile Food Symposium panels

Bluegrass Food Truck Association  
DC Food Trucks Association 

Photos and Video

Keep Food Legal 

Photos: Legalize Street Food/Vending

Mobile Cuisine  Photos: My Streets, My Eats Mobile Food Symposium photos
Mobile Food News 
Video: Streets of Dreams: Challenging Atlanta's Street Vending Monopoly
New Orleans Food Truck Coalition 
Video: Mean Streets: El Paso's Attack on Mobile Vendors 
Southern California Mobile Food Vendors Association 
Video: Buffalo Food Trucks 
Tampa Bay Mobile Food Vending Alliance 

Video: Free Pittsburgh's Food Trucks to Feed the People 

The Atlanta Street Food Coalition 

Video: Game of Food Trucks: Chicago Food Trucks  
The Street Vendor Project 




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