CATEGORY - FOOD CULTURE
META TAGS - SHAPING CITIES / FOOD & IDENTITY / STREET FOOD / RESTAURANTS / FLAWLESS FOODS / DISCONNECTION OF FOOD / POVERTY
Duration 06:14 mins

The video was shot downtown Los Angeles in April 2011, in a so-called Latino district of Los Angeles, consisting predominantly of Mexicans and Central Americans, with a few homeless Caucasians. Despite being a less wealthy district, there was a sense of community in the street, demonstrated by the stalls selling a vast range of piñatas (papier-mache containers filled with sweets and toys for children’s birthdays), as well as large packets of sweets and cooking ingredients such as chilies. Surrounding the street there are many fast food restaurants, but inside it there are only a few local ‘taco trucks,’ which are mobile canteens selling tacos.

We interviewed the taco truck man (via a translator as he only spoke Spanish) talks very positively about life and people, he’s originally from Mexico coming to Los Angeles for work and opportunities. He works hard starting around 7am each morning, working till midnight.

The first thing you notice about the area (and almost everywhere in Los Angeles) is the volume of traffic noise. it’s continuous and loud. You can even hear planes flying over. The ‘Taco Man’ mentioned the traffic in Mexico it's chaotic, people drive very badly, here it's more organised with traffic lights.

When we first starting filming around 3pm, the taco stands were quite empty, but after a few hours you could see the flow of the taco trucks gearing up for the evening rush. Halfway through the video, a man nails a message onto a telegraph pole, which is commonly used as a message board to inform the local community. Throughout the video there is a lot of information and formal and informal signage everywhere.

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