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#1 Flashermac

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Posted 18 April 2017 - 10:53

A month after Bangkok was voted the world's best destination for street food, the Thai capital's administration has announced that all of the city's food vendors will be swept from the streets.

In a bid to improve safety and cleanliness the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) said that vendors would be banned from the city's streets by the end of the year, the Nation reports. And the next areas to be targeted for cleanup: the internationally renowned street-food hot spots Yaowarat (Chinatown) and Khao San Road.

“The BMA is now working to get rid of the street vendors from all 50 districts of Bangkok and return the pavements to the pedestrians,” Wanlop Suwandee, chief adviser to Bangkok’s governor, said on Monday.

“The street vendors have seized the pavement space for too long and we already provide them with space to sell food and other products legally in the market."

The move appears to fly in the face of CNN's glowing appraisal of Bangkok's street-food scene, which voted it the best in the world for a second year. It also runs contrary to a 2015 marketing campaign under the auspices of the Tourism Authority of Thailand called "Pray for Anna," which extols the moreish virtues of Thailand's street food.


http://time.com/4743...treet-food-ban/
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#2 Flashermac

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Posted 18 April 2017 - 10:56

Seized the pavement?  Have the BMA ever noticed those painted lines on the pavement that mark a vendor's area? Who do they think painted them there?
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Posted 18 April 2017 - 13:28

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Posted 18 April 2017 - 14:20

Well all the pavement space where the vendors used to sell food were cleared almost a month ago in front of my soi. The good thing is there is space in the market behind for them to rent. note I said rent. Many of the people selling stuff on the pavement in the evenings were older people who had obviously taken home-grown veggies from their own little gardens to supplement their life. Don't see them any more, nor do I see the unusual veggies some of them used to sell.. :(

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Posted 18 April 2017 - 14:24

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Posted 18 April 2017 - 14:25

sounds like someone on the BMA   might be thinking of opening up a lot of food courts , and charge a fee to  vend there
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Posted 18 April 2017 - 19:35

Street food is so intrinsic to the daily lives of literally almost everyone in Bangkok, there's no way I see this being pushed through to fruition.

And if it is - it will be one of the most asinine gestures in the history of time/space (and I suspect it will also inspire some defiance, not a strategic political move).
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Posted 19 April 2017 - 07:27

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Posted 19 April 2017 - 16:48

This is kind of unbelievable .

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 06:41

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