The East Los Angeles Community Corporation was victorious in its recent struggle to endow Boyle Heights street vendors with their own space to sell their cooking safely, following past incidents of police harassment that found cooks arrested and forced to throw out their food. With help from City Councilman Jose Huizar, a group of vendors will be found weekly at the Boyle Heights Farmers Market every Saturday evening starting at 5:00 P.M. Great news for the cooks trying to make a living off of real street food and also a big positive for Angeleno stomachs bent on finding some of the most authentic Mexican and Central American cooking around.
Of the safe zone offered inside of this farmers market, a short-term solution to legalizing street food, Huizar tells EGP News, "This is not the last that we hear about issues of street vendors, but it is an example of what works." Find El Mercado del Pueblo every Saturday in the parking lot of Hollenbeck Middle School. [EGP]