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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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Food, Fear, and Dreams

Food, Fear, and Dreams

(p.144) Chapter 7 Food, Fear, and Dreams
The Taco Truck

Robert Lemon

University of Illinois Press

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 owners in the city, deportation is a legitimate business concern. Many taco truck owners fear confronting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) while vending along city streets. Thus, taco truck owners use their mobility as a spatial strategy for survival in an uncertain and unsettling urban landscape. As taco truck owners navigate the social terrains of Columbus, they must modify their menus to their newfound community’s taste preferences. This is to say that food is spatial, and so the chapter makes an argument for the ways in which food evolves across space.

Keywords:   taco truck, Columbus, deportation, fear, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), streets, mobility, spatial strategy, urban landscape, taste preferences, food is spatial

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