DENVER, CO – Independent push-cart food vendors who have been operating in Lower Downtown around Coors Field for years have been abruptly ordered by the city to relocate.
The city told several vendors in mailed letters that it was a mistake that they were ever allowed to operate that close to the ballpark.
The vendors say they are being unfairly targeted either for financial-competition reasons or because their removal is considered the “quick fix” to cut traffic and alcohol-related violence in the area.
The bottom line is there will be far fewer vendor food options for fans walking to Coors Field this season.
“I put a lot of time into building this location,” said Adam Kulikowski, who had been operating a food cart near 19th and Wazee streets.
Kulikowski said he and about 10 other vendors who operated in the area surrounding Coors Field were ordered by the city to relocate outside the ballpark vicinity — or their permits would be revoked.
The city and county of Denver told 7News there was a “mistake” made in the original permit process and the vendors should have never been allowed to operate right around the stadium, which opened in 1995.
9News reported that city officials said the carts should never have been allowed within the area bordered by 20th Street, Market Street, Park Avenue West and Wynkoop Street.
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