NSVI- El Paso Vending



IJ files Castaneda v. City of El Paso
El Paso Mobile Food Vendors Challenge City’s Effort to Run Them Out of Town

IJ Client Maria Robledo
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Download: Map of Vending Prohibitions (PDF)

Should the city of El Paso, Texas, be allowed to turn itself into a No-Vending Zone in order to protect brick-and-mortar restaurants from competition?

The Institute for Justice sought an answer to this question in a major federal lawsuit filed January 26, 2011 on behalf of four El Paso mobile food vendors.

This lawsuit launched a National Street Vending Initiative, a nationwide litigation and activism effort to vindicate the right of street vendors to earn an honest living.  The case against the city of El Paso challenged the constitutionality of the city’s mobile vending restrictions that made it illegal for vendors to operate within 1,000 feet of a restaurant or convenience store, and prohibited them from stopping to await customers anywhere in the city.

In response to the lawsuit, El Paso officials passed a new ordinance eliminating the protectionist regulations against mobile food vendors that formed the basis of the claims raised.  This is a major victory for El Paso mobile food vendors and for economic liberty.  The new ordinance comes only three months after the case was filed.


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