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A customer picks up his lunch from the Mei Mei Street Kitchen food truck in Boston. ©2012 Photo by Emily Zendt (DigBoston/Flickr)MoreCloseclosemore
Mei Mei Street Kitchen A customer picks up his lunch from the Mei Mei Street Kitchen food truck in Boston. ©2012 Photo by Emily Zendt (DigBoston/Flickr)

A new report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation looked at regulations for food trucks in 20 cities across the country — from Los Angeles to Boston.

The report, "Food Truck Nation," ranked cities on a variety of factors — including the ease of obtaining a license or permit, complying with laws, and operating a food truck.

While Portland, Oregon, was at the top of the list, coming in at No. 20, dead last was Boston.

Boston officials say they're working to help develop food truck culture. Here's a quote from John Barros, chief of the Office of Economic Development:

Over the last four years the City has received and utilized valuable feedback from local industry stakeholders, and has worked internally to streamline the permitting and lottery processes. However, the City of Boston will continue to work with stakeholders and the Food Truck Advisory Committee to expand opportunities and strategically grow Boston's food truck program.

Guests

Matt Geller, consulted for report, founding president of the National Food Truck Association.

Rebecca Simonson, VP of community engagement and former director of mobile operations for Bon Me, which tweets @bonme.

James DiSabatino, owner of Roxy's Grilled Cheese. He tweets @jamesdisabatino.

This segment aired on March 23, 2018.

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