SSN Commentary

Street Vendors Provide More Than Food; They Are a Link to the Latinx Culture

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University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Originally published in The Nevada Independent on May 21, 2024.

As of April 30, street food vendors will need to comply with rigorous requirements that change the way Las Vegans interact with them. Nevada’s guidelines in SB92 offer a path for street food vendors to legitimize their positions within our communities. These regulations can be utilized to maintain hygiene standards and clear methods of operation for street food vendors.

Unfortunately, Clark County’s set of regulations present unintentional consequences. Many have mentioned these regulations will impact the livelihood of street vendors. While Clark County’s regulations aim to maintain control of street food vendors occupying sidewalks, they also superintend Latinx and others cultural representations across Southern Las Vegas by limiting informal street food vendors’ presence across our parks and communities.