The city of Alexandria has done an excellent job in certain areas. We would give them an A plus for the adoption of the Capital Bikeshare Program, and high marks in other areas.
First of all, the good news.
The City has established three locations and have installed Vendor Parking Only at each of those locales.
- 800 block of N. West Street across from the Braddock Road Metro
- 1700 block of King Street new to King Street Gardens
- The 2200 block of Eisenhower Avenue in the Carlyle neighborhood
The City waivered the $250 start up fee for this year.
11 food truckers have signed up, including Rocklands BBQ, The Big Cheese, Capital Chicken & Waffles, Doug the Food Dude and Loopy’s Eatery.
The not-so-good news.
The best location for the food trucks, one of the all time no-brainers, would have been in front of City Hall at 300 King, the heart of downtown. A high concentration of workers is here, as well as tourists.
This location, however, was voted down. A source told us the King Street restaurant owners did not want the location there. We love our King Street merchants but we believe this is a short-sighted decision.
On May 11, the Washington Post reported that the program would begin within 30 days. Some of the vendors told me they got notification late last week.
This week we talked to people who work near the three locations, asking them what they thought about the food trucks.
One response was, “They take up the parking spaces.”
Turns out the reverse is true. We have seen cars illegally parked in the slots clearly marked for the food trucks. And it's only three spaces in each location.
If Alexandria is to progress as a city, we have to change these types of narrow attitudes and windshield perspectives.
Let’s get with it and support the Alexandria Food Truck Program. Bear with them as they navigate the obstacles and establish their dates and times.