Thursday, November 30

Downtown Nashville sidewalk vendors will be barred from main corridors

Nashville’s downtown sidewalk vendors will be barred from the majority of the entertainment district’s main corridors, according to a map of restricted areas adopted Monday.

Metro’s Traffic and Parking Commission approved the map 4-2 as a temporary measure. Sidewalk vendors will be notified of the changes over the next seven business days and enforcement will begin July 21.

Nashville’s Department of Transportation will present a finalized draft of proposed regulations and any necessary ordinance proposals at the commission’s August meeting.

The move comes after Mayor John Cooper asked the commission in June to prohibit sidewalk vending between Union Street and Korean Veterans Boulevard from the Cumberland River to Eighth Avenue, calling vendors “a substantial blight for both pedestrians and brick-and-mortar businesses.”

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