Food trucks as urban revitalization catalysts : microenterprise, interim land use and the food economy

dc.contributor.advisorMueller, Elizabeth J.en
dc.creatorHowell, Alex Matthewen
dc.date.accessioned2011-06-23T17:51:25Zen
dc.date.available2011-06-23T17:51:25Zen
dc.date.issued2011-05en
dc.descriptiontexten
dc.description.abstractSince 2007, the number of street food vendors in Austin, Texas has more than doubled. Food trucks in the urban environment have three fundamental roles. They are entrepreneurial start-ups, interim and mobile land uses, and cultural expressions. In these roles, street food vending particularly impacts urban neighborhoods undergoing change. By occupying underutilized lots, activating streetscapes, promoting commercial activity and disseminating culture, mobile food vendors represent an innovative and low cost revitalization tool. In an effort to “catch-up” with the rapidly growing phenomenon, the City of Austin has had know choice but to implement policy and regulation reactively. By conducting in depth interviews and context analysis, this research attempts to answer the question: how might cities proactively leverage the beneficial impacts of mobile food vendors? The thesis culminates in a conceptual demonstration project for Birmingham, Alabama; a city on the cusp of a street food explosion.en
dc.description.departmentCommunity and Regional Planningen
dc.description.departmentArchitectureen
dc.format.mediumelectronicen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/11902en
dc.language.isoengen
dc.rightsCopyright is held by the author. Presentation of this material on the Libraries' web site by University Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin was made possible under a limited license grant from the author who has retained all copyrights in the works.en
dc.subjectFood trucksen
dc.subjectStreet fooden
dc.subjectInterim useen
dc.subjectMicroenterpriseen
dc.subjectCity planningen
dc.subjectAustin (Texas)en
dc.subjectBirmingham (Alabama)en
dc.subjectSmall businessesen
dc.subjectConvenience foodsen
dc.titleFood trucks as urban revitalization catalysts : microenterprise, interim land use and the food economyen
thesis.degree.departmentArchitecture, School ofen
thesis.degree.departmentCommunity and Regional Planningen
thesis.degree.disciplineSustainable Designen
thesis.degree.disciplineCommunity and Regional Planningen
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelMastersen
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Science in Sustainable Designen
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Science in Community and Regional Planningen

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