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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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An Evolving American Space

An Evolving American Space

(p.167) Conclusion An Evolving American Space
The Taco Truck

Robert Lemon

University of Illinois Press

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 addresses the ways in which taco trucks alter streetscapes through geographic concepts of the street and the economic flows of the capitalist city. Additionally, the chapter assesses issues of gentrification and the commodification of immigrant food-ways, as well as the way in which taste preferences transform the built environment. It demonstrates that by examining taco trucks, we can see that our ordinary landscapes and our humdrum, everyday routines are actually quite remarkable. Overall, the conclusion argues that taco trucks are prominent features of the American cultural landscape because they profoundly transform as well as reflect the ways neoliberal cities work.

Keywords:   taco truck, mobility, urban environments, streetscapes, street, economic flows, capitalist city, gentrification, immigrant, food-ways, taste preferences, built environment, ordinary landscapes, everyday routines, American cultural landscape, neoliberal cities

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