Big campaign going on for the street vendors, kiddos.
Street vendors as it stands end up paying up to $1,000 dollars for infractions like not displaying their license during set up, being too far from the curbs, potentially just inches, and the like. A parking ticket from the city for “parking at an angle to the curb” is 65 dollars. The Street Vendor Project, a member organization that is part of the Urban Justice Center, is campaigning to lower the tickets and introduce a better education system for the vendors. And while the Post thinks the street vendors are plenty capable of “haggling” their way to a better deal, the Street Vendor Project suggests that the Merchant Associations and business groups in the city have more sway and helped impose the obscene fees on their streetside competitors in the first place. Conspiracy? Maybe. But I love me a good NYC business conspiracy.
Intros 434 and 435, with 15 co-sponsors at City Council, are trying to lower fines and reduce the byzantine bureaucracy around street vendors laws. So, the question is do you want to be able to book browse with abandon this summer or not?
via a street campaigner and www.streetvendors.org