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Amherst food carts help keep town lively

To the editor:

I write in response to the article about food carts in Amherst that appeared in the Gazette, Nov. 16.

The argument made against food carts in Amherst that they occupy one or two parking places while preparing and selling food, thereby denying parking places to patrons of other businesses in town, has no merit. Customers of existing restaurants also occupy parking places that other shoppers could use while shopping at other businesses.

The real issue is that the food carts are competing with the established restaurants by selling food that people want, delicious food at reasonable prices.

The food carts make Amherst a more lively and interesting place to shop, bringing more business to all of the shops in town and enlarging choice for those who buy food in Amherst. Instead of attempting to drive the food carts from town, make room for them and welcome the choice that they afford us as customers.

I also wonder how much concern the current complaining restaurant owners, the ones against food carts, had for the restaurants that existed when they brought competition to those existing eating establishments along with their new restaurants years ago?

Beverley F. Sunderland

Chesterfield

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