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Streets of Dreams: Challenging Atlanta’s Street Vending Monopoly

by tom44 on March 12, 2013

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For generations, street vending has been a classic way to succeed with only a strong work ethic and a desire to succeed. It is a path that cities should encourage, particularly in these tough economic times. But rather than fostering entrepreneurship and opportunity, Atlanta is doing its best to smother it. Larry Miller and Stanley Hambrick own two well-known vending businesses outside the Atlanta Braves stadium. Their businesses create jobs, offer inexpensive snacks and souvenirs to visitors, and make the sidewalks safer by keeping an eye out for fans who need help. But two years ago, Atlanta handed over all public-property vending to a single company—the first program of its kind in the country. Now that company wants to throw Larry and Stanley out of the spots they have worked for decades to build kiosks that rent for almost 000 a year. If it does so, Larry and Stanley’s businesses will be destroyed. Unfortunately, many American cities put up roadblocks that keep would-be vendors from climbing that ladder. In Streets of Dreams, the Institute for Justice reviewed vending laws in America’s 50 largest cities. It found that of those 50 cities, 45 have one or more anticompetitive restrictions on vending. Atlanta has some of the most onerous burdens in the country, and the monopoly Atlanta has created has cost vendors their jobs and threatens to kill vending as a way for ordinary Atlantans to succeed. To protect the economic liberty of all Georgians, Larry and Stanley
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24 thoughts on “Streets of Dreams: Challenging Atlanta’s Street Vending Monopoly

  1. shamgar001 says:

    The federal government has a hand? in unemployment, but state and local governments do also. Libertarians often focus on the federal end, while ignoring local shinanigans like this.

  2. SonsOfLibertyRiders says:

    wonder if these vendors are figuring out the republicans and democrats are both simply? corporatist. “taxing” the “rich”, is just a word created by the elite to tax “everyone”…..including the working joe…………..more, more , more……

  3. SonsOfLibertyRiders says:


  4. bayushizero says:

    And Fulton County? Superior Court Judge Shawn Ellen LaGrua just struck down Atlanta’s vendor initiative that was doing this to these street vendors.

    Excellent work, IJ!

  5. vraye1116 says:

    There are two sides to? every story

  6. ncwdane says:

    I wonder how much the private kiosk company that got the monopoly contract? donates to the governing authorities campaigns each year and courts the mayer & cousel members w/ falcons Box seats & stuff like that

  7. Billy White says:

    The funniest thing about responses to this video is that this is a very small form of government contracting monopoly in America. Our? government contracts with electric companies, gas companies, prison corporations, farm corporations, the medical industry & so on. They do this for a? myriad of reasons. Yes, the first reason is usualy because things become more cost effective. However other reasons are weighed as much as finances. I’m a small business owner

  8. Billy White says:

    & i’ve come across many stumbling blocks presented by the local government. I’ve dealt with the frustrations of going through loopholes to do something I fellt I should have been simple. My best advice is to outsmart the government & don’t allow competition to put an end to your plans.?

  9. marudoethiopia says:

    I’m interested in why the city did this financially. How much money can this kiosk company possibly offer? them that would outweigh the space-use tax of the private vendors. Is the company actually paying the city for all those closed kiosks?

  10. Otzmatron says:

    Let them feed their families, I’d buy a cool? baseball cap from one of these dudes, government arseholes.

  11. psKESEY56 says:

    IIJ is a quality organization, supporting the American Dream, in the face of abusive, and self-serving government? barriers.

    Atlanta, you suck! Not gonna vacation in your town.

  12. jasonaorr says:

    @DickCabezaLtd So to clear things up, you’re in favor of governments granting monopoly privileges to favored businesses, to the detriment of? honest, hard-working men and women trying to scrape together a living on their own?

  13. shamgar001 says:

    *You* are the one who incorrectly used the word “privatize”. I pointed? out the meaning because your original comment was nonsense.

  14. DickCabezaLtd says:

    If it really has nothing to do with the definition of “privatization”, then why’d you point out the meaning?

    If it was public like? it was before, then there wouldn’t be a problem (outside the minds of libertards). Go back to the salt mine.

  15. shamgar001 says:

    That has nothing to do with the definition of “privatization”.
    The vendor in the new system is still public,? but now the government is restricting access.

  16. DickCabezaLtd says:

    The land was not private. It was public property. Shut up and go back to work, you? wage slave.

  17. shamgar001 says:

    You don’t understand the term “privatize”.
    The street vendors were all private entities to begin with. What Atlanta did was establish a monopoly, which is the? exact opposite of privatizing.

  18. DickCabezaLtd says:

    Atlanta just did what Libertarians want:? privatize street vending.

  19. torchiest says:

    Institute for Justice is? one of the best organizations in this country. They are fighting in the trenches for liberty.

  20. jasonaorr says:

    The laws highlighted in IJ’s report do nothing to protect public? health or safety but kick out the lowest rung on the economic ladder, preventing low-capital start-ups from ever having the chance to compete in the marketplace. Rigging the laws to erect unnecessary barriers that protect established businesses is an insidious, job-killing practice–and it’s unconstitutional. Can’t wait for IJ to win this one!

  21. vakeraj says:

    Once again, government proves that regulation supports the? politically-connected, not the poor or middle class.

  22. Buffalo122333 says:

    – “Who is ‘disliking’ this video?”
    Brick and mortar? businesses and politicians.

  23. elharbingero says:

    Who is ‘disliking’ this video? If you’re a conservative, you should like IFJ standing up for? business. If you’re a liberal, they’re standing up for minorities against a politically connected monopoly. If you’re a libertarian, they’re opposing gov’t interference with the free market. EVERYONE should be on the side of IFJ and the vendors!

  24. shamgar001 says:

    Oh, yes, I know. I mean the larger body of libertarians. IJ is the? only group I see really pushing for this kind of thing (plus Reason, whenever they do a story about IJ).

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