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Atlanta Street Vending Crackdown
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Atlanta Street Vending Crackdown

Atlanta Street Vending Crackdown
Photo Credit: Hyosub Shin, hshin@ajc.com
Stanley Hambrick (right) helps customers (from left) Robert Burgess Sr., Kieran Burgess, 8, and Kieran's father Robert Burgess Jr., at his booth near Turner Field in August 2011.

Atlanta Street Vending Crackdown

Atlanta vendors beware; the city is cracking down on your sales.

The Atlanta police have begun enforcing an ordinance that dates to December, requiring the police to keep vendors off of public property.

"We are making sure that no one sets up for public property vending today," says David Bennett, special assistant to Mayor Kasim Reed.

 

Or any day, for that matter.

Under the ruling handed down in December by Judge Shawn LaGrua all vending on public property must cease immediately.  It took the city police three months to get the ordinance into effect, so now the crackdown has begun.

"The Judge made the ruling back in December that our vending program was not legal" says Bennett.

Citywide police were in place early, discouraging potential vendors from setting up shop.

They were stationed at Woodruff Park, The West End Mall, Turner Field and The Five Points MARTA Station.

"In this specific location (Five Points) there would have been five or six vendors," says Bennett, "selling drinks, chips and various sundries.  We are not going to let them set up."

Police hope that by being proactive and getting out early they will avoid any confrontation with vendors who were unaware the crackdown was underway.

Police did have it easy, however, as vendors, possibly aware of the new enforcement, kept off the streets.

Ironically the lawsuit that led to the judge's ruling that bans vendors was filed, in court, by the vendors themselves.

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