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Landscape, Labor, and the Lonchera

Robert Lemon

in The Taco Truck: How Mexican Street Food Is Transforming the American City

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780252042454
eISBN:
9780252051296
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042454.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Latin American Studies

The taco truck is a prominent feature of Sacramento’s cultural landscape that symbolizes the livelihoods of its Mexican workforce. Eating tacos at a truck may seem a prosaic practice, but for many ... More


Engaging Taco Truck Space

Robert Lemon

in The Taco Truck: How Mexican Street Food Is Transforming the American City

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780252042454
eISBN:
9780252051296
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042454.003.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Latin American Studies

This introduction places taco trucks within a historical context and presents geographical concepts that are used throughout the book. It briefly reviews Mexican street food origins, from the Aztec ... More


Community Conflict and Cuisine in Columbus

Robert Lemon

in The Taco Truck: How Mexican Street Food Is Transforming the American City

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780252042454
eISBN:
9780252051296
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042454.003.0006
Subject:
Society and Culture, Latin American Studies

Chapter Five looks at the appearance of taco trucks in Columbus, Ohio’s west side in the early 2000s and the progression of the community’s initially negative perception of the trucks to a positive ... More


Cooking Up Multiculturalism

Robert Lemon

in The Taco Truck: How Mexican Street Food Is Transforming the American City

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780252042454
eISBN:
9780252051296
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042454.003.0007
Subject:
Society and Culture, Latin American Studies

Chapter 6 investigates how food trucks have positively transformed Columbus’s city image. The chapter expands to the scale of the city to show how urban branding and the influx of gourmet food trucks ... More


Food, Fear, and Dreams

Robert Lemon

in The Taco Truck: How Mexican Street Food Is Transforming the American City

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780252042454
eISBN:
9780252051296
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042454.003.0008
Subject:
Society and Culture, Latin American Studies

Chapter 7 takes a detailed look at how taco truck owners continually have to develop new ways of adapting spatially to the political and social dimensions of Columbus’s landscape. For most taco truck ... More


An Evolving American Space

Robert Lemon

in The Taco Truck: How Mexican Street Food Is Transforming the American City

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780252042454
eISBN:
9780252051296
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042454.003.0009
Subject:
Society and Culture, Latin American Studies

The conclusion summarizes the chapters in the book through comparing and contrasting how taco truck owners employ their mobility to navigate culturally and politically distinct urban environments. It ... More


To Serve and to Protect: Food Trucks and Food Safety in a Transforming Los Angeles

Mark Vallianatos

in Food Trucks, Cultural Identity, and Social Justice: From Loncheras to Lobsta Love

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780262036573
eISBN:
9780262341554
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262036573.003.0004
Subject:
Architecture, Architectural History

This chapter explores the evolution of food trucks and food safety regulations for these vehicles in the Los Angeles region between WW2 and the present. It shows how food trucks have reacted to and ... More


The Taco Truck: How Mexican Street Food Is Transforming the American City

Robert Lemon

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780252042454
eISBN:
9780252051296
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042454.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Latin American Studies

When primarily immigrant, day-laboring clientele eat a meal at a traditional taco truck, the taco truck becomes a significant social space in which Mexican cultural identity is reaffirmed. But the ... More


Remaking Oakland’s Streets

Robert Lemon

in The Taco Truck: How Mexican Street Food Is Transforming the American City

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780252042454
eISBN:
9780252051296
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042454.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Latin American Studies

This chapter examines Mexican street food as a spatial practice that shapes the cultural landscape of Oakland, California. Community activist Emilia Otero fights for street food vendors’ right to ... More


Introduction: Scenes from Northeast Los Angeles

Jan Lin

in Taking Back the Boulevard: Art, Activism, and Gentrification in Los Angeles

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9781479809806
eISBN:
9781479862429
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479809806.003.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Politics, Social Movements and Social Change

The introduction features scenes from Northeast LA including a poem titled “Taco Truck” by Lisa Marie Sandoval that describes a nocturnal interaction between a college student and a Latino taco ... More


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