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Apr 8, 2011 10:12 AM

short NY Times article about food trucks in LA

"To see how radically demographics have changed in Orange County, Calif., just look at what’s for lunch."

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  1. Actually, make that "food truck." I didn't read the whole article before i posted it.

    1. Thanks, doesn't matter. What's does is how it works as a footnote to the Census data just beginning to grab sporadic media attention. Baffles me how the sepia-toned, Ken Burns approach to ethnicity and immigration interests people more than the dynamics of demography literally under their noses.

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      1. re: Kagemusha

        Exactly. Also, the food described in the article sounds fantastic to me!

        1. re: Kagemusha

          I find great value and interest in Ken Burns' storytelling style. At the same time the "demography under our noses" is everyday reality as well. I think of each as the macro and micro of the whole ongoing saga of life in America.

          The food truck culture in LA has been around at least since the 60s. The actual trucks that are mobile kitchens became the new standard back in the 80s. These trucks were embraced by the Latino community for the most part - these trucks are generally referred to as loncheras. The most recent generation of food trucks are very niche-oriented. Some are very good, most are eh to meh, and many are cloning successful concepts. But if you ask me, the best examples in general are still the loncheras.