Uh-oh...Greenmarkets: Boon or Scourge?

Green Market - practical way to improve nutrition/public health in urban communities? Or yuppie scourge? It turns out at least some of the City's Greenmarkets push out small businesses (primarily operated by entrepenurial immigrants), such as hot dog vendors. See article today in NYT. (Link)

The newest Greenmarket to open in the Bronx (that I've read about) was at 138th Street and Cypress Avenue. (Link)

The Green Markets are operated by the Council on the Environment of New York City (CENYC). CENYC also runs great education programs: We've collaborated with them on several recycling outreach and education street fairs, and even took our clients to help out at a big charity benefit festival concert on Randalls Island. (Link)

I wonder how the City's plan to inaugurate a licensed program for 1000 produce and vegetable stalls targeted to the areas of the city without access to fresh fruits and vegetables relates to this Greenmarket controversy (critics have raised similar concerns about competition with established grocery stores). (Link)

I came across this fascinating study by the Milano School (PDF). It's a best practice case study on how a community-based agency can partner with government to transform use of an urban public space.

What kind of low level quality life crimes does the Bronx Court system deal with? Many of Bronx Community Solutions' client's face low-level charges that expose them to a few days jail and a disorderly conduct plea or an administrative code violation for unlicensed vending - often for selling "loosie" cigarettes or bootlegs.

I've also seen concerns arise related to this issue at Precinct Community Council meetings. Several South American (Spanish-speaking) immigrants working as street vendors advocated for by a professional community organizer brought their greiveances to the Captain concerning harrasment and excessive write-ups by NYPD around the "Hub" area on 149th Street, at a meeting of 40th Precinct Council.