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How should L.A. handle street vendors?

How should L.A. handle street vendors?

Street vendors are practically everywhere in Los Angeles. They sell sodas, CDs and corn-on-the cob on sidewalks, and flowers and fresh fruit next to freeway offramps. Peddlers in and around parks hawk balloons, ice cream and even toilet paper, and sellers of bacon-wrapped hot dogs cater to crowds when ballgames and clubs let out. Yet, despite their prevalence, the estimated 50,000 local street vendors are all operating illegally. Sidewalk selling may be part of the culture of L.A., but it's prohibited by the city.

The failure to adopt practical, enforceable rules on street vending has created a legal limbo for all involved. The ban on vending is...