|A cop watches as vendors gather up their goods on a side street off of Carrera 7.|
Courts ruled recently that vendors who sell on a particular spot for a considerable time acquire rights
|A car occupies a sidewalk in the Los Martires neighborhood.|
If you park your car on a sidewalk long enough,
does that make you the sidewalk's owner?
This is an age-old battle in Bogotá, and one which the city won't ever win. As long as there are poor people here and the sidewalks offer access to many potential customers, vendors will occupy them, even if they are forced to play hide-and-seek with the police.
|A cop escorts a vendor off of Carrera 7.|
If only authorities could distinguish between 'good' vendors who don't block pedestrians and
don't compete with neighboring shops, and those who do do damage to urban living. Unfortunately, making such a distinction is nearly impossible, and therefore
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours