Pedestrian Culture

A short article and slide show from the NY Times looks at vanishing Newsstands in NY and suggest that they signify the pedestrian vitality and cultural character of the city. “Each reflects the personality and business acumen of its owner as well as the needs and tastes of its neighborhood.”

This form of street vending is threatened by increasing regulation, cost of operation and a new partnership with Cemusa.

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5 responses to “Pedestrian Culture

  1. The article doesn’t seem to mention that operating costs are threatening these vendors, and I wish it explained what this partnership with Cemusa means for them.

  2. “In 2003, the city enacted Local Law 64, which required owners to give up their stands but allowed them to operate city-owned structures at no cost. In 2006, the city signed a contract with the Spanish conglomerate Cemusa to build 3,300 bus shelters, 300 newsstands and 20 public toilets. ”

    Check out this website which fought against Local Law 64. Pretty interesting.

  3. justforview

    The property issue is interesting because the vendors previously owned the structures and were stripped of it so the city could sell it to a “street furniture” (advertising infrastructure), who is splitting the advertising revenues with the city.

    That is a shady deal, for the vendors, but also for the public. They don’t lose their ability to buy (newspapers), but they don’t get to think about what it looks like or how that or the goods being sold represent the character of the community they happen to be in.

  4. New Yorker

    The public wil never forget that billionaire Michael Bloomberg destroyed the whole industry of small newsstand owners, in order to fill the treasury of a Spanish contributor to his campaign. Shame on you Michael Bloomberg. Shame on you!

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