Parking on 17th and Harrison streets is hard on weekdays, and no one knows this better than El Tonayense taco truck. The food truck is parked at the intersection from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and usually the drivers have no trouble sliding into a space when they arrive early — but today’s parking spot came at a high price.
The truck is usually parked on one of the corners on the west side of the intersection, where the only parking restriction is street cleaning in the early morning hours. Today those spots were taken, so the driver parked the truck across the street in a loading zone.
The leather goods company near the loading zone would have none of it, and asked parking control officers to force the truck out, which they did by issuing El Tonayense a ticket. The taco truck left, but came back an hour later after some parking spaces opened up on the west side of the street.
“It’s never happened before,” said one of the truck operators.