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Old 03-20-2012, 08:51 PM
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I was looking at some pictures of the FQ and Jackson Square posted by annie_himself on the General U.S. board in a thread about pedestrian-friendly areas in various cities. I noticed, what appeared to be some street vendors and am curious about them. In the pictures there weren't that many vendors, maybe two or three, but those I saw led me to believe that there is a pretty wide diversity in the types of street vendors. Also, I noticed a big difference in the type of set-ups they had; one was an old card table with a folding chair and a homemade sign located in the square with no apparent planning, while the others were slick, manufactured, multi-level booths which were colorfully and professional painted, accompanied by professional-grade signage and placed near what appeared to be a walkway.

So, this all got me wondering; it seems that tourism is a round-the-clock, throughout-the-year business there and the traffic would certainly justify a reasonable number of vendors at any given moment. Are vendors there and in other areas near the FQ, CBD and downtown on a pretty much constant basis or are they only allowed at farmers markets, festivals, concerts, etc., and at certain times?

I've read about everything from fortune tellers to pre-packaged foods to arts and crafts to cosmetics and costume jewelry being sold. I would like to hear from others who've actually been there, about the various types of vendors and goods and services they've seen offered there. The impression I'm getting is that it is sort of like a flea market with the booths or spaces spread out more, over a larger area.

Are there licenses, permits, etc., that must be purchased in advance by these vendors and if so, are they prohibitively expensive or otherwise difficult to obtain?

If a vendor needs something like, for example, electricity or running water, are there facilities to provide these things?

For those of you who are well-traveled, is New Orleans unique among U.S. cities for the number and variety of vendors, the degree of constancy in which they are present and the relative freedom they have to operate? What other city or cities are comparable, in this regard?

I know these are a lot of questions and I really appreciate the time and efforts of all who respond.
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Old 03-20-2012, 08:59 PM
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OH!!! And if anyone can refer me to some good sources of detailed information of any kind about street vendors in New Orleans, I would really appreciate it.
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