D.C. Expects 500 Temporary Street Vendors for Inauguration
As if there aren't enough places to buy Barack Obama memorabilia, the D.C. government now says it expects to issue 500 temporary licenses for street vendors good for just one day--Jan. 20, when Obama takes the oath of office. The vendors can sell merchandise and food.
According to an announcement on the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs' Web site, the FBI will conduct criminal background checks on all vendors. They also must "obtain a certified State Police Criminal History Report for the jurisdiction in which you reside."
As to where the vendors will be allowed to set up shop on the crowded Mall and parade route along Pennsylvania Ave. NW, the regulatory agency said an independent contrator will conduct a computerized lottery Jan. 6 to determine placements.
David A Nakamura
December 3, 2008; 1:00 PM ET
Food & Dining
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