Street Vending: A Survey of Ideas and Lessons for Planners

PAS Report 509

By Jennifer Ball

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A good street vending program can provide valuable employment opportunities. But many citizens and business owners criticize vending as an unsightly "Third World" activity that creates trash, jeopardizes public safety, and hurts established local stores.

This report offers some recommendations about structural design and operational issues ranging from hours of operation and merchandising to permitting and enforcement. Sidebars describe success stories and cite helpful resources. 

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Aug. 1, 2002
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Economic Development Issues
Opportunities for minorities and people with disabilities
Retail Revitalization

Design and Operational Issues
Structure Design
Design Guidelines
Location Decisions
Trash Disposal
Hours of Operation
Legal and Politcal Issues

Case Study: City of Atlanta
Current Situation
Issues that still need to be addressed
Recommendations for Atlanta's street vending program

Recommendations for Planners

List of Reference


Excerpt from Downtown Idea Exchange, January 2003, Jeanne O'Brien Coffey:

"The American Planning Association (APA) has put together a book, Street Vending (PAS 509) by Jennifer Ball, with case studies, sample regulations and suggestions about everything from design guidelines to trash disposal, as well as permitting and enforcement issues, hours of operation and locations decisions."