Peddlers balk at move

Peddlers balk at move

There are 71 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jul 3, 2009, titled Peddlers balk at move. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Sidewalk peddlers who hawk peanuts, T-shirts and novelty items outside Wrigley Field reacted angrily Friday to an alderman's proposal to move them two blocks from the ballpark, saying that they not only add to game-day excitement but also need to earn a living.

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Chicago, IL

#1 Jul 3, 2009
Everybody with a brain knows this proposed ordinance has nothing to do with safety and everything to do with pandering to area businesses.

Lisle, IL

#3 Jul 3, 2009
I have to agree with these guys. There should be no rule changes until the beginning of next season.

Chicago, IL

#4 Jul 3, 2009
Hey Tunney, maybe you could spend a little more time evaluating the sale of our parking meters and a little less time on this useless garbage. Then we wouldn't have sold the parking for billions less than we should of. Even better, we wouldn't have sold it at all and the streets would remain the province of the overburdended tax payers.

Calumet City, IL

#6 Jul 3, 2009
What this really means is that in this economy, the store owners are having trouble selling their over-priced crap. I refuse to buy a T-shirt for $40, a cap for $50, or a team jacket for $100. They can't handle the competition from the street vendors and the vendors don't contribute to Tunney's political fund.
Buffalo Billy

Algonquin, IL

#7 Jul 3, 2009
No more Ball hawkers trying to catch balls outside the park, no more Ronnie Woo Woo, and while you're at it, get rid of the fire house too. Oh, and Piano Man bar, they have those foreign female bartenders, they tend to short change out of towners, close that place down too.

These are the things Tunney needs to work on. Taxes, Parking rates, red light rip off cameras, graft, and patronage dont matter---the Cub related issues do.

Jerk...throw the bum out along with his idol Dick Daley.
Xm Radio 202

Chicago, IL

#8 Jul 3, 2009
This is such a horrible idea, I am surprised it is not Steve Dull proposing it.

Chicago, IL

#9 Jul 3, 2009
Scott wrote:
Hey Tunney, maybe you could spend a little more time evaluating the sale of our parking meters and a little less time on this useless garbage. Then we wouldn't have sold the parking for billions less than we should of. Even better, we wouldn't have sold it at all and the streets would remain the province of the overburdended tax payers.
But Tunney embraces the parking meters! He believes the rise in cost will increase turnover in restaurants, including his own. Many not be good for our pockets but he sees it as a gift to his...

When Daley/Kruesi reneged on their promise to keep all stations open during the Brown Line renovation, neighboring small businesses cried fowl. Some had spent 6 figures on renovations, just to find out the station would be closed for the better part of a year. Tunney's response? It would prove who's strong enough to survive.

This is zero to do with Tunney's private life. It is has everything to do with his always putting business before people, and Daley uber alles.

Since: Jan 09

United States

#10 Jul 3, 2009
Agreed! This is ridiculous. Bad enough to be kicked off the public sidewalk next to the area that belongs to the city and therefore is supposed to allow vendors and street performers, but two blocks? We might as well be a mile away, because nobody stops to buy anything two blocks before Wrigley...they're in too much of a hurry to get to the park because they had to leave their car eight miles away rather than pay $40 or $50 near the field?

How about a crackdown on people who *don't* have city licenses? Like homeless beggars and ticket scalpers (often the same people?) While were at it, those guys who "sell" the Onion and play on people who are used to buying from Streetwise vendors?

You want revenue? Start fining drunks for jaywalking all over Clark after games...treating it like it's their own personal carnival midway instead of the busy street that it is.

But no, Tunney wants to shut down the people who played by the rules and bought city the middle of the season no less.

Thanks a pantload.
CitizenOfCastroD aleyCity

Chicago, IL

#11 Jul 3, 2009
alderman are crap looking for atention after the parking crap they did with the mayor, alderman suck big time and should stay in their hole

Chicago, IL

#12 Jul 3, 2009
They should ask Obama for welfare handouts. Everyone around Comiskey Park is doing it.
David R

Glencoe, IL

#13 Jul 3, 2009
My wife is one of the T-Shirt peddlers, and I really can't figure out why in this horrible economy an alder-creature would want to knock out the main source of income for lots of the vendors.
For petes sake, these are people out WORKING. Not asking for a handout, not on welfare, they are out doing their best to provide for themselves, and their families.
If something needs to be done, it's a crack down on all the bums who harass people, or the bucket boys. What are they providing to the "Wrigley Experience"?
It's not easy work lugging a 60 LB bag of T-Shirts around in the heat, and your not guaranteed to make any money. Bad weather or a losing game sometimes = NO SALES.
Is the city going to refund the $165 bucks we paid for her peddlers license? Is Alderman Tunney?
This idea is stupid. Just about as stupid as the parking meter fiasco, the sales tax increase, the Olympics our city can't afford, the patronage, da mayor and so on and so forth.
Sigh. Is it the goal of our city to get everyone moved out to the burbs?
Joseph Dykehouse

Comstock Park, MI

#14 Jul 4, 2009
Its bad enough government is involved in every aspect of American life now we have to let them screw up a shrine. What the hell is wrong with vendors trying to make a liveing. Nobody complains and I buy stuff from them all the time. It makes for a great atmosphere around the ballpark. Hey Alderman Thomas, don't you have something else to screw up besides the great atmosphere at Wrigley. Whats next? Are you going to propose that they move the bars down two blocks? Or heck why don't just pass a law that says we can only have 5 people on the sidewalk at a time. YOU ARE AN IDIOT!
Overworked Undertaker

Naperville, IL

#15 Jul 4, 2009
50 Chicago Aldermen?

To fight overcrowding, save money, and reduce crime, why not reduce the City Council to 15 Aldermen, like most major US cities?

Danville, IL

#16 Jul 4, 2009
Looks like a solution in search of a problem.

Hanover Park, IL

#17 Jul 4, 2009
When was the last time Tunney actually walked to the park?
And if he did go to a game, did he actually pay for his own ticket or did it come as a bribe?

Schaumburg, IL

#18 Jul 4, 2009
Chicago strikes again ,daily taxed the bussnesses out now the lowly venders at a ball park,what does he want I bigger cut

Geneva, IL

#19 Jul 4, 2009
Working people get shafted.............again. At least they are trying to earn a living and not living off the backs of taxpayers. Give em a break. Leave them alone.

Chicago, IL

#20 Jul 4, 2009
Makes more room for residents,pedestrians and assists businesses nearby that have been in place. It became a problem because of the noise and crowding the selling created. Good decision.
People tend to look at the decision as a bully move when it is not. The vendors bully too. 2 sides to every story. This will be an improvement and vendors will benefit once this all settles.

Channahon, IL

#21 Jul 4, 2009
Isn't it odd this proposal comes the same year the gas station/garage is torn down on Clark across the street from the ball park and replaced with a permanent structure which sells....wait for it....T-shirts, caps, souvenirs. Trying to get rid of the competition, wonder how much of a campaign contribution that costs.

Chicago, IL

#23 Jul 4, 2009
Maybe all of the vendors should start selling thier stuff in front of Tunney's restaurant and ward office on Belmont Ave. This alder"man" is like Daley, just so far out of touch with reality. Vote the scum out of office

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