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The Taco TruckHow Mexican Street Food Is Transforming the American City$
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Robert Lemon

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042454

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042454.001.0001

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Landscape, Labor, and the Lonchera

Landscape, Labor, and the Lonchera

(p.77) Chapter 4 Landscape, Labor, and the Lonchera
The Taco Truck

Robert Lemon

University of Illinois Press

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 day laborers it is a form of sustenance that also affirms their cultural identity. As urban renewal and gentrification threaten the presence of taco trucks in Sacramento, so too is the Mexican workforces’ cultural way of life imperiled. This chapter evaluates the taco truck through the philosophy of landscape as well as how taco truck owners use their trucks’ mobility to circumvent stringent policies that govern urban space. It takes an in-depth look at how urban politics affect Mexican communities and the livelihoods of taco truck owners.

Keywords:   taco trucks, Sacramento, cultural landscape, day laborers, cultural identity, urban renewal, gentrification, philosophy of landscape, mobility, urban politics

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