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November 13, 2019 at 2:51 PM

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Public Space Forum: Street Vending and the Vital Economy

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Busy street market with various wares for sale and people strolling around.

Many of us flock to market districts when we’re traveling. We scan the random wares for sale, enjoy the bustling aisles between tents, tables and blankets, the hawking of vendors, and the variety of exchanges taking place. So why is Vancouver’s street vending not celebrated the way that other cities’ street markets are, and how can we change that?

Come join this free panel discussion on informal street vending and public marketplaces in Vancouver, on Monday, November 18!


Constance Barnes, Executive Director, Downtown Eastside Market.
Mark Defreitas & Sonia Bruins, Vendors and Binners.
José Fernández-García & Colleen Hamilton, Community Development & Economic Planners, City of Vancouver

With this panel of street vending experts we will explore:

  • What function does informal vending have in public space?
  • How does street vending contribute to or challenge our conceptions of public space?
  • Where does Vancouver stand internationally when it comes to public vending and markets?
  • Do marketplaces need public space?
  • Does public space need marketplaces?
  • What does it mean to have formal versus informal marketplaces?

And bring your own questions!

Date: November 18
Time: 7:00 – 8:30PM
Location: Eastside Works, 57 E Hastings
Please share and learn more on the event’s Facebook page.


Host & Moderator:
Paola Qualizza, Chair, Vancouver Public Space Network; Co-founder, Groundswell Alternative Business School.

This community event is part of a series of Public Space Forum events presented by the Vancouver Public Space Network.

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