For self-reliant Latinos streets provide a backdrop for economic survival by giving them a place to sell items and their labor. Street vending is popular in Latin American cities and this practice is transferred to the US.
However much of the suburban landscape is not designed for outdoor selling and vendors have had to be innovative in adopting ill-designed urban space to fit their needs. For example, vendors selling on the exits and entrances of freeways transform a space that was not designed for pedestrians. Vendors also occupy intersections and temporarily transform vacant lots, front yards, sidewalks and curbs into ephemeral markets. Economic survival adds to the importance of Latino urbanism as well as adding more interventions and activities to the suburban landscape.
- Latino Urban Forum's James Rojas Supports Permitting L.A.'s Street Vendors, James Rojas, June, 2008.