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Contesting the Streets: Street Vending, Open Air Markets, and Public Space

A two day conference about street vending practices.

Friday, May 14, 2010
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
352 Haines Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Street vending is a practice that is at times tolerated, restricted, and promoted by various policies and actors. In recent years, street vending has drawn the attention (and at times ire) of the media, politicians, planning departments, businesses, neighborhood associations, zoning officials, and health inspectors. Issues regarding the use of public space, the right to the city, and local ordinance enforcement/dereliction are often complicated by street vendors' diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds, as well as their immigrant status. This conference will explore the various contestations related to street vending and other temporary street enterprises.

For a complete program of this event, and to register, please visit

Cost : Free admission. Registration Required

Download file: contestingflyer.pdf

Sponsor(s): Center for Mexican Studies, Cesar E. Chavez Center for Interdisciplinary Instruction in Chicana and Chicano Studies, the Street Vendor Project of New York, the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, UCLA Dean of Social Sciences, Center for the Study of Urban Poverty, USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration.

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