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Miracle Mile's Messy Food Truck Situation Is Now Being Permitted to Death

But is it legal?

A lineup of food trucks
A lineup of food trucks
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

There’s apparently some clarity coming to the ad hoc food truck parking situation that’s long plagued the Miracle Mile.

According to CBS Los Angeles, there’s now a single man — one Patrick Lennon — responsible for doling out access to the metered spaces on Wilshire Boulevard near LACMA. The position is a unique one, and apparently something that was cooked up by the former councilman to the area.

The idea makes sense: regulate access to the coveted (and contentious) spots by setting up paid permitting, run through Lennon but with the city's blessing, thus ensuring an orderly queue for food truck access and a reasonable continual turnover in new vendors for the customers that frequent them.

Of course, whether or not it’s actually legal to regulate publicly-available metered parking spaces is something that’s up for debate, particularly within new councilman David Ryu’s administration. Apparently they’re looking into it, but in the meantime some of the trucks that have been thus far left without a place to park are forced to either move on or station themselves farther away, both of which are probably pretty bad for business.

What comes next is anyone’s guess. Those trucks are only responding to an extremely high demand, of course, so it’s no surprise that the area would become something of a conflict zone between vendors. But with those scrapes and altercations come trouble for the city, so hopefully a permanent solution — either this one, done legally, or something else altogether — is on the way, now that we’re, you know, six years into this problem.