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Mobile food vending expanding in Cincinnati

Mark Heyne

Cincinnati's food truck program is expanding. City Council is expected to vote Wednesday to add more vendor parking spaces.

Councilwoman Laure Quinlivan says spots are being added near the nightlife areas in Over-the-Rhine (12th and Clay streets) and day-time vending spots are being created near Washington Park.

"The reason we're not doing it in the evening," says Quinlivan, "is because 3CDC... they are going to be programing the park every night. They will be working with food trucks but they wanted to have some control of their events with loading and bands, etc."

Quinlivan says 3CDC is committing to only work with food trucks that participate in the city's Mobile Food Vending Program. Almost 30 food trucks are currently enrolled with five more expected to join soon.

Council is also expected to make the program permanent rather than requiring a yearly vote to allow mobile vending.

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