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Denver bans food trucks in Lodo area on weekends

DENVER, Colo. (KRDO) -- The City of Denver and the Denver Police Department say they've found a solution to rising crime downtown, but it comes at the cost of local food truck vendors.

According to our news partners in Denver, food trucks are now banned in the Lodo area on Thursdays, Friday, and Saturdays. Those days, they are now only allowed to set up far away from bars and the people they hope to feed.

The decision to ban food trucks comes just weeks after Denver PD officers shot a man with a gun outside of a Lodo bar. Six bystanders, some waiting in line at a food truck, were also hit by the gunfire.

DPD says the ban should discourage people from gathering outside the bars in the area.

Vendors say the ban is not making the area safer, and only hurts business.

In addition to the food truck ban, police are also installing new lights in the area, closing down streets to vehicles, and increasing patrols.

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