Street food vendors are a ubiquitous but controversial feature of Mexico City’s foodscapes; in the context of urban renewal and modernization projects, vendors are frequently portrayed as backwards, dirty, and undesirable and are targeted for removal. While most studies of such processes focus on the implications for vendors themselves, this article asks about the implications of street vendor removal and removability for those who consume these foods on a regular basis. The article adopts a mobilities framework in order to argue that street food needs to be understood in relation to consumers’ everyday mobilities as part of poor and working class people’s food security, and as an urban infrastructure more broadly.
Research for this paper was generously funded by the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the American Council for Learned Societies/Mellon Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the Tinker Foundation. A version of this paper was presented at the CityFood Conference in New York City in December 2018. Many thanks to Angela Giglia, Guido Herzovich, Erick Serna Luna, Veronica Crossa, Miriam Bertran Vilá, and to the participants of the CityFood network for useful comments and feedback.
No potential conflict of interest was reported by the author.