City takes a look at public vending

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Larry Miller has been selling t-shirts outside of Atlanta Braves baseball games for 30 years.

His days might be over.

The city is close to entering the second phase of a program designed to codify Atlanta’s outside vending. Last year, the city opened 20 metal vending kiosks mainly around Woodruff Park, where they charge vendors between $500 and $1,600 a month to sell their wares.

At a public vending subcommittee meeting Tuesday morning, the city’s senior policy adviser David L. Bennett, said plans are in the works to expand the program to Five Points and Turner Field.

Last year the city took a major step in regulating the estimated 30 permitted streets vendors who had set up shop downtown and near the major sports venues. For more than two decades downtown residents and business owners complained that the vending stands – usually tables spilling with merchandise – were eyesores.

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