There is endless debate over permitting legal vendors in the park, but very little is said about all of the illegal but very much above-ground vending that goes on.

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Before joining Mission Loc@l, Justine graduated from Brown University with a double major in Ethnic Studies and Visual Arts. In between gypsy stints abroad and working at a community health non-profit, she learned the delicate art of playing roller derby and making the perfect veggie burger. After working at the Discovery Channel Headquarters in Washington DC, Justine migrated to the warmer coasts of California to hone her reporting skills.

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  1. Vending I can handle. A 16ft trailer emblazoned with advertising and a noisy generator is what I don’t want. If the official vendors agreed to walk around selling their stuff on foot then maybe they’d get a better reaction. Actually, that’d be kinda cool!

  2. I will appreciate the ‘legal’ vendors in DP, it is a really nice convince and there isn’t really anything else around except over priced Bi Rite, the horrible DP cafe and then the odd convince store.

    As long as the cold beer/water guy, the ice cream dudes and the truffle man don’t get run out then Im cool with it.