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News 2 new results for street vending
Barefoot: Cities and the right to vend
The Hindu
Street vending has been the livelihood of millions in our country since time immemorial. In every settlement, large and small, in the countryside and cities, men and women and often children carry an extraordinary variety of their wares in baskets,
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The Hindu
Task Force Formed to Tackle Illegal Street Vending Uptown
DNAinfo
UPPER MANHATTAN — A task force created to tackle the growing problem of illegal street vending in Inwood and Washington Heights convened Thursday to brainstorm about addressing the issue. Elected officials, police, small business owners and residents
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News 2 new results for street vending
Woman arrested raising funds for burned Chamblee temple
Atlanta Journal Constitution
The area is rife with street vendors hawking various wares. She said she had a sign in Mandarin saying she was collecting contributions for rebuilding her temple and home in Georgia, damaged in a fire March 26. DeKalb County Fire Department records
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Vancouver’s street food program to expand over the next three years
Global Saskatoon
Since February 19 new carts have been added to the street food program, and Vancouver council has now directed City staff to add up to 15 street food vending locations each year for the next three years.
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I came across this website, when I was researching the net on issues on street vending in the US. Here Daniel Delaney, who created this website, publishes on a regular basis short films on food vendors.

Here is one episode about the pushcart “Hello Berlin” in New York City.

 

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This program was initiated by the NYC Health department and introduced in 2008. The aim was to improve the supply of fresh fruits and vegetables in certain New York City areas. For a better supply the city introduces new 1.000 permit for Green Carts. In the moment you find 6290 licensed vendors and another 6000 unlicensed vendors in the City. There is a long waiting list for this limited permits, and as well a vibrant informal market for these licences.*

This program combines the need to bring healthier food in certain areas and offers access to new markets. This initiative is accompanied by a funding for micro-credit loans, offers low level access to information, contact persons and information are made available in English, Chinese, Urdu, Bengali and Arab. One of the aim is initiate setting up a businesses among the migrant communities.

I don’t know if there is any kind of monitoring to proof, if this program will better off the nutrition in the targeted areas, or if this program will bring more jobs to people – and finally if people can make a living from selling healthy food, or to say basic food like vegetables and fruits on the street.

*information are from this very interesting leaflet. Informations about street vending, and more important for street vendors see here: http://www.makingpolicypublic.net/index.php?page=vendor-power

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Man Push Cart (2005): film/trailer

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