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Explaining how to sell on the streets of Berlin

I just found a German wiki which is sharing experiences and knowledge about the formal steps to start a street vending business in Berlin. Very interesting! click here for the site: http://ooommm.org/sudelwiki/Reisegewerbekarte_in_Berlin

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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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Article in the New York Times on the efforts to translate and make the laws and regulations in NYC for street vendors understandable.

This work is the result of a co-operation between the Street Vendor Project, The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) and Candy Chang. Check their websites for further information.

Look here:

“OPEN the city’s administrative code book to any of the sections that deal with street-vending regulations, and you’re likely to find yourself staring uncomprehendingly at phrases like “rules promulgated pursuant thereto.”

A native English speaker with a good dictionary might be able to manage. But what if your native language is Spanish? Or Bengali? Or Arabic?”

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