Los Angeles Renaissance: Why the Rise of Street Vending Reveals a City Transformed

Sidewalk vending is illegal in the City of Los Angeles, but that doesn’t stop an estimated 50,000 Angelenos from setting up shop in the streets. Their highly visible presence on downtown sidewalks, around parks and stadiums, and at bus stops, metro stations, and parking lots is a bold display of civil disobedience.The Los Angeles authorities tolerate vending like New York police allow jaywalking — as a kind of irrepressible and practically harmless urban force — but the practice remains illegal, and hundreds of misdemeanor tickets are issued each year …READ MORE

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