street market URL links to anti-vendor alerts

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Tue, 30 Dec 1997 20:39:43 -0800 (PST)


OPENAIR-MARKET NET
http://www.openair.org/

This site has frequent updates on harrassment of street vendors, including
hawkers of street newspapers.  Nearly all street vendors are poor, and some
are homeless.

It bugs me when folks tell poor and homeless people to get a job, then use
permit rules and costs to stop them from street vending.  It happens
constantly here in in Boston, where many of my street musician friends are
homeless.

Many shopowners do not want competetion from micro-enterpreneurs who sell
from kiosks or spread wares on blankets near their shops.  It's part of a
national trend to push "undesirables" (us!) from business districts and
"good" upscale neighborhoods.--Tom