I have to disagree with the owner of Pi’s assessment that the city needs to be “protecting” existing businesses. There are blocks upon blocks of downtown real estate where lunch is served in permanently-located restaurants well-within the 200 foot halos the city has constructed around neighboring shops — permanent locations that are almost certainly greater threats to each other than the food trucks themselves. But even if you wanted to make sure taco joints weren’t being displaced by mobile taco stands parking on their doorstep, the present regulation is far too over-broad to equitably accomplish that goal.

A food truck taco stand couldn’t sell tacos within 200 feet of a storefront that’s closed at lunch, for Pete’s sake. That’s a policy that Saint Louisans will have a hard time digesting.