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Street Vendors

December 19, 2019, 11am PST
Street food vendors are an integral part of the Bangkok urban landscape, but city planners want to see them gone.
The New York Times
November 20, 2019, 8am PST
While recent crackdowns on street vending suggest it is a problem to be fixed, the reality is that street vendors energize urban spaces and make them more accessible for everyone.
Curbed
October 30, 2019, 11am PDT
Food cart vendors are fighting for their livelihood in a neighborhood in Philadelphia, against the long legislative reach of a local developer.
WHYY
May 28, 2019, 11am PDT
Street vending has been a contentious issue in many places, but this part of the informal economy is important to the social and economic well-being of cities.
CityLab
December 17, 2018, 2pm PST
A new report details the state of the mobile food vending industry and makes predictions for the short-term future.
Next City
June 5, 2018, 2pm PDT
From garbage pickers to tamale sellers, workers in the informal economy can account for half the workforce in developing cities. They should be respected as an important constituency.
City Lab
December 14, 2017, 5am PST
The popularity of crossing New York City's second oldest bridge by foot and pedal is causing friction between the two modes on the promenade above six lanes of motor vehicle traffic. A report released for NYCDOT proposes recommendations.
The New York Times
April 21, 2017, 8am PDT
The city of Bangkok, Thailand, is famous for its cheap and flavorful street food. City leaders, however, have decided that the city would be less appealing without street vendors.
The Nation (Thailand)
February 9, 2016, 2pm PST
Several big stories, all rolled into one, are emerging in Portland. Changes in zoning have paved the way for high-rises that are proposed for the existing location of the city's famous food stalls.
The Oregonian
January 30, 2015, 12pm PST
The ongoing efforts to reform street vending laws in Los Angeles gained national media attention recently. Can local officials find a way to overcome controversy and complexity to legalize street vending this year?
Salon
December 5, 2014, 8am PST
The $500 million underground street vending economy in Los Angeles took a step closer toward legalization on Tuesday.
Los Angeles Times
October 16, 2014, 9am PDT
Mark Vallianatos outlines the legal history and vehemently supports Los Angeles' estimated 10,000 street vendors selling everything from fruits to frozen treats.
The Los Angeles Times
April 2, 2013, 1pm PDT
Ethan Kent, Enrique Penalosa, and Jonathan Crush offer contrasting perspectives on the effect of informal street vending on public spaces.
Next City
May 2, 2012, 7am PDT
Jeremy Smerd describes the competition over sidewalk space in New York, as commerce overflows out of buildings and into public space.
Crain's New York Business
March 22, 2012, 10am PDT
Noah Kazis considers three success stories for public space in Mexico City, taking streets back from both automobiles and – believe it or not – street vendors.
Streetsblog
January 10, 2012, 2pm PST
Across the city, in areas as diverse as tourist friendly Venice Beach and the largely immigrant community of Westlake, local officials are leading the charge to crack down on illicit street vending.
New York Times
October 24, 2011, 12pm PDT
The food truck phenomenon is here to stay and stimulating tangential industries that include truck outfitters, permit expediters, lawyers lobbyists, website designers, and marketing professionals.
The Atlantic
September 14, 2010, 12pm PDT
Local residents bring life back a desolate line of shops in Oak Cliff, a streetcar suburb of Dallas, overnight. The intention of the Better Block project is to demonstrate the value of pedestrian friendly spaces and encourage future investments.
Go Oak Cliff
July 15, 2010, 5am PDT
Vancouver's streets are buzzing with a new wave of street food vendors, part of a pilot program to expand formalized informal commerce downtown.
Globe and Mail
January 23, 2010, 5am PST
A radio interview in Chicago talks about the merits of street food and the historical reasons for restrictions on vendors.
WGN Radio 720