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Gallery Owners Seek to Restrict Street Vendors

Ruby de Luna
06/11/2003

A compromise is in the works to manage street vendors in Pioneer Square. Gallery owners have complained that the growing number of vendors discourage clients from attending the neighborhood's monthly art walks. KUOW's Ruby de Luna reports.

PIONEER SQUARE'S FIRST THURSDAY ART WALK HAS BEEN A SEATTLE TRADITION FOR A QUARTER CENTURY NOW. IT'S AN OPEN EVENT SPONSORED BY THE GALLERIES FOR THE PUBLIC TO EXPLORE ART. BUT OWNERS ARE CHAGRINED. THE MONTHLY EVENT HAS ALSO ATTRACTED INDEPENDENT ARTISTS AND VENDORS WHO SELL THEIR GOODS ON THE STREETS, OUTSIDE THE GALLERIES. JILL NISHII IS DIRECTOR OF THE CITY'S OFFICE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, THE AGENCY IN CHARGE OF COMING UP WITH A COMPROMISE... Our goal is to come up with a solution that assures that the vendors are legally permitted. One option we're taking a look at is doing some kind of permit that allows them collectively, as a group to sell their goods and arts and crafts... but we want it to be a solution that works for all parties involved. ANOTHER OPTION IS TO MOVE THE VENDORS TO OCCIDENTAL PARK. EITHER WAY, STREET VENDORS WILL NEED SOMEONE TO SPONSOR AND OVERSEE THE EVENT. THE CITY MET WITH GALLERY OWNERS AND COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION MEMBERS YESTERDAY. DISCUSSIONS WILL CONTINUE WITH THE GOAL TO COME UP WITH A COMPROMISE BEFORE THE NEXT ARTWALK IN JULY. I'M RUBY DE LUNA, KUOW NEWS.

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