Date of Award


Document Type

Terminal Project

Degree Name

Master of City and Regional Planning (MCRP)


Planning and Landscape Architecture


Dr. Cliff Ellis

Committee Member

Dr. Barry Nocks


This project addresses the question of how the city of Greenville, SC should formulate and implement a policy encouraging the operation of food trucks, more generically known as mobile food vending, in the city. The facilitation of food trucks is a form of tactical urbanism that the city can encourage at relatively low cost and low risk. No large scale infrastructure is required since the bulk of the monetary investment will come from private entities, people who want to operate food trucks in the city. However, if successful, the city can realize economic, social and environmental benefits that more than justify any expenditure. Citizens, whether those who own and operate food trucks, those who patronize them, or the general public at large can also derive economic, social and environmental benefits from development of a vibrant food truck culture. This project, therefore, is aimed at helping the city make decisions that encourage productive and beneficial behavior while minimizing potential conflicts and harms.