Food vendors in Ziccotti Park have “lost all our business” due to the protesters
When Brookfield Properties (as I am assuming) committed to the City of New York to keep the plaza open 24 hours a day, did any of the parties contemplate a permanent shantytown that would discourage normal public and commercial activities in the plaza? It seems arguable to me that the authorities could kick out the demonstrators on this basis, if they had the will to do it.
New York Magazine reports:
Even as Occupy Wall Street protesters are decrying the grip of big business on America, they are causing angst for some small business that are well within the 99 percent: The New York food carts and tourist stands that surround Zuccotti Park. And while the occupation has been compared to the Arab Spring and Tahrir Square, the mostly Egyptian kebab cookers and breakfast sellers who are losing their livelihoods aren’t too sure.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at October 16, 2011 01:45 PM | Send